protagonists) and the themes of struggle and change, on the other hand. The has implications for studies on Anthills of the Savannah, stylistic analysis. Title: Style, character, and the theme of struggle and change: Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah. Authors: Mwinlaaru, INI. Issue Date: Publisher. Style, Character, and the Theme of Struggle and Change: Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah. Article (PDF Available) in Research in African Literatures.

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He is also a radical individual who is able to connect with the masses and affect social revolution. It is this messianic death that makes me place him as the central character in the novel. Research in African Literatures.

View freely available titles: He wouldn’t mind sacrificing his own life for Chris if need be. The two men now know who their enemy is.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Political Unrest The novel is set in western part of Africa.

In order to answer his critics back, Achebe uses Ikem to show how he feels about women and his attitude toward their plight. The Head of State learns about Ikem’s meeting with his tribesmen and thinks that Ikem has joined Abazon to form an insurrection. Their appreciation shows how Ikem’s editorials have addressed the plight of common people. The solution worked, however, at making a point about class division. There is no doubt that Anthills of the Savannah centres on the art of governance.

The other ethnic groups did not approve of Biafra’s declaration of independence and continued to fight it, one of the major reasons for this being the oil fields that were left inside Biafran territory.

After his meeting with the Student Union leader, Chris grants an interview by the BBC and accuses the Kangan military junta of murdering Ikem with the false pretext that he died in the custody.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

Chapter Seven Beatrice returns from Gelegele market this Saturday but she feels too tired to cook. In fact, Anthills of the Savannah which is the title of novel is another powerful symbol that I have found in the novel.


The people then decide to pay the president a solidarity visit. Upon an enquiry, Chris discovers that a crowd of police officers on duty and civilians have stopped a truck loaded with beer and have gathered to celebrate the sudden overthrow of the military government.

Perhaps Ikem commits this class suicide to marry her in order to show his solidarity for the poor and illiterate class. Chris, who does not see any tangible proof why his colleague should be suspended, refuses to sign the letter and threatens to resign from the cabinet. We don’t hear much about him in the novel. Although it is natural for Chris to feel angry at Major Sam’s attempt to rape Beatrice, we expect him at the same time to appreciate and salute Beatrice’s resolve not to give in.

From this, we can also deduce that the death or exit of one oppressive military dictator in Africa does not in any way eradicate or assuage suffering but rather, it is an entrance of another dictator who comes with his cohorts to perpetrate more sufferings. In order to survive, Okonkwo should have adapted to the new circumstances. This is usually the trend in the country. Emmanuel’s intelligence is revealed when we learn that it was he who cooked a story of Chris’s escape from the country and sold it to the press in order to divert the attention of the police from looking for Chris within the country.

We cannot really tell whether she cries at the loss of a lover and a friend or at the loss of a benefactor and a status symbol. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. Beatrice’s apartment soon becomes a temporary home and centre of political debates for her visitors who have been part of her life in recent time.

Beatrice is a Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and an old friend of the two major male characters and a lover of Chris. However, the greatest form of betrayal of trust is revealed in Anthills of the Thwmes when Major Sam betrays the trust repose in him by the people of Abazon.


In fact, he is assassinated after this outing. Chris is too reluctant to bring himself to talking terms with his erstwhile friend. Apart from the domestic relationships, there is also an unhealthy relationship between the so-called third worlds and the West.

Despite his position as editor of the Gazette, he wants to appear like just another Kangan worker. It particularly shows that linguistic analysis and the tools of literary criticism can complement each other in the interpretation of literature.

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Contrary to his earlier ambition to be a medical doctor, Sam goes to Sanhurst to be trained as a soldier. Power A critical analysis will reveal that Achebe is talking about the issue of power in the novel. He also tells him to receive their petition if any and promise them that the President will look into it and respond to it in good time.

The article is available at http: He was the child of Isaiah Okafor Achebe, a Protestant missionary. During such parties, like the type we witness in this chapter, African leaders would throw caution to the winds and drink to stupor with their western counterparts. The funds which would have been used to develop the country are squandered on the so-called Presidential Palace which has become the Seat of Corruption. As we see in the novel and as it is in the most military regimes, Major Sam is not accountable to anybody.

They leave the palace and heads for Harmoney Hotel where they hold another solidarity meeting for Ikem, the Editor of the National Gazette, who is also an indigene of Abazon. Betrayal of Trust Anthills of the Savannah also portrays betrayal of trust in relationships.

This is how Achebe defends his choice of language:. The White Bearded Chief: Even when Major Sam demands his confirmation or objection to his fears, Attorney-General speaks more than needed.