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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Achebe does not hate women or feel prejudiced against the folks. Inhe co-founded a publishing company with a Nigerian poet named Christopher Okigbo and in he began editing Okike: The coup that takes place at the beginning of the novel is a foreshadow of the coup that will mark tye end of the novel. This is also the case with freedom of speech in Kangan.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

The Student Union leader meets Chris in his hideout and he gives him his article to counter the lie by the government about Ikem. Ikem symbolises numerous activists who have been themex by corrupt and wicked military regimes all over the world and Africa in particular.

Taken on May 22, Anthills of the Savannah Author: He goes on to give startling personal opinion to win cheap affection and to make Major Sam hate savannah boyhood friend the more but Major Sam dismisses him for want of concrete evidence to his claim. Well, in my opinion, it could be both.

Anthills of the Savannah. Achebe takes time to describe her.


Discuss the major themes in the novel. Chapter Fifteen After the announcement by the police declaring Chris wanted, he decides to move ajthills of Bassa for fear that some of his benefactors may hand him over to the police in order to buy their peace.

The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta. To sum up, Anthills of the Savannah is an interesting work of literature and quite unlike the Western novels. Achebe tells us that Beatrice is savannag but not flamboyant.

This power issue can also be found in abthills of Soyinka’s works. Research in African literatures, Summerv. The author also quotes a poem called “Africa” by David Diop. The Student Union leader who sees this dastardly act by the military junta as suicidal promises to run two thousand copies of the article to be distributed to the students.

Although Anthills of the Savannah is not a religious literature, the sacannah of Chris could be likened to the death of Christ. The people of Abazon refuse to vote for him because to them, it is an aberration for a military officer to perpetrate in power. Again, Achebe uses Miss Granford and other prominent female characters to silence his critics who always accuse him of sparsely representing women in his novels.

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However, we can say that her appearance at the party goes a long way to show that women are carefully represented in every segment of the novel. She is Ikem’s neighbour’s wife. It seems to me that Mr Achebe uses anthills or termite mounds which are very common in Africa to symbolise independent selfish colonies which African despots have used the sweat of the people to build for themselves.


Although she is illiterate, she is intelligent and has sense of humour. The relationship between Ikem and Elewa is quite significant.

It is Ikem’s passion for honesty, equity and truth that make him an arch enemy of Major Sam and his military cronies such as Major Ossai.

Kangan is ruled by a dictatorial president with a military background, a man called Sam. After this event, Ikem goes to meet the delegation. The article is available at http: The story of the book is about the downfall of an old-school authoritative and wealthy village chief named Okonkwo. Even in the Bible, when King Saul saw David who once helped him to kill his enemy as his enemy, he began to devise means to kill him.

A while later, he too is charged with treason and becomes a fugitive for real. Motifs in Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe Motifs Motifs are recurring structures, contrasts, or literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes. There was no elite class in the pre-colonial period in Africa. After a couple of weeks hiding, he decides to travel away from the capital to the province of Abazon. Chinua’s father was a Christian churchman and he attended elite schools; the Government College in Umuahia and University College in Ibadan.