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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We don’t hear much about her in the novel. The two main female characters of the book are Chris’s girlfriend Beatrice and Ikem’s girlfriend Elewa. After Ikem has been carefully assassinated by the power-drunk military junta, Chris is the next target savwnnah elimination as he is declared wanted by the police who thmes him of exposing the excesses of the government to foreign media.

It came out in23 years ahthills his previous major work, and it remains his last novel. The people of Abazon refuse to vote for him because to them, it is an aberration for a military officer to perpetrate in power. Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta.

The prevailing theme and the savannnah visible one of these problems is the corrupt, dictatorial rule set up in Kangan Nigeria and most of the other “new” African states that let down the dreams and hopes that were associated with independence. 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.

Browse all BookRags Study Guides. It turns out that he is in a way one of them, born and raised in Abazon, and has come to be greatly respected by the Abazonians as the famous editor of the Anthjlls Gazette.

A typical confirmation of this fact is that the novel begins with a coup and ends with another coup. As the chapter ends, Beatrice is particularly troubled by two recent developments, 1 the news published by the National Gazette that Chris has left the country in a foreign airliner bound for London disguised as a Reverend Father and wearing a false beard and 2 a police statement declaring Chris wanted in connection with the recent coup plot in the country.


For a long period of time after Biafra, Achebe did not write any long novels. Workers’ leaders are indeed extraordinary riff-raffs. Amidst the nagging, a taxi finally shows up and as Ikem bids Elewa goodbye, he is happy to regain his freedom. Over the times, there has been some controversy over the fact that Chinua Achebe writes in English instead of an indigenous African language.

He does not only avoid public appearances but also speaks very little when he does go public. He is no doubt a statesman and an epitome of wisdom and wit. Chapter Four Earlier in the day, Ikem had picked up Elewa to his house to have fun with her and now it is quite late in the night. He orders a state funeral for Chris but Beatrice is too distressed to attend the state burial of her husband.

In the s, Achebe was one of the founders of a Nigerian literary movement that drew upon the traditional oral culture of its indigenous peoples.

There was no elite class in the pre-colonial period in Africa. She is a journalist who works with the American United Press. However, one may also argue that the Police Superintendent does so because of the position of Ikem in the society. He is more or less a recluse. He is the chairman of the Kangan-American Chamber of Commerce.

Anthills of the Savannah Themes

Anthlils the Eastern Region declared itself independent under the name Biafra, Achebe decided to join his fellow Ibos. Again, this is why men are often regarded as political animals and in animal kingdom, cannibalism is natural.

Because his of ingenious use of words in his columns, he became a popular figure in the country and his brilliancy made Chris nominate him for as a member of cabinet of Major Sam led junta. For instance, a breed of wild cat called Savannah Cat and Savannah Monitor medium sized specie of monitor lizard have been researched to be native to Africa.

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.

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. The Nigerian Civil War broke out in The purpose of their visit is to apologise to Ikem for their unbecoming attitude towards him when Ikem had a little scuffle with the chairman of the taxi union in the traffic.

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Expectedly, she speaks Pidgin English which is anthiills lingua franca of savannaah lower-class and semi-illiterate society. After they have passed three road blocks successfully, they come to the fourth where they are stopped by one of the soldiers on duty. Heinemann Educational Books, We can compare the bond between the trio with Jonathan and David in the Bible. While watching Elewa eat, Beatrice sinks into o thought reminiscing the backgrounds of the two women—Elewa and Agatha.

Anthills of the Savannah Themes

The same theme of confrontation between the traditional Igbo values and the new colonial situation are dealt with in his next two novels, No Longer at Ease and Arrow themess God Unlike Elewa, Ikem does not seem to have a close relationship with Joy.

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Tne Achebe is telling us that love breaks all barriers—class, educational differences, tribe and ethnicity. Although we don’t hear her speak in the novel, her personality and experiences no doubt have some impression on Beatrice her friend. English was the language of colonization itself. Chinua’s father was a Christian churchman and he attended elite schools; the Government College in Umuahia and University College in Ibadan.

He is a minor character in the novel. Apart from his sinful sexual relationship with Beatrice, Chris’s refusal to reconcile with his boyhood friend, Ikem also reveals another human weakness in him.

Unfortunately, it is African dictators that often connive with the West to rape the continents of its numerous resources. Ikem writes editorials that are critical of the Kangan government and eventually gets both himself and Chris into trouble. Chinua Achebe manages to introduce quite a few of the problems facing the African states in a setting that is superficially fictional but nevertheless recognizable.

For all other permissions, contact the Press at tnemes This selfish attitude does not make Sam an ideal leader.