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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English Department SSMV: Critical Analysis of Anthills of the Savannah

Although she is sensitive and attractive, she was not very lucky with her first husband, whose people did not accept her as a person. The man-hunt for Chris continues even as Beatrice tries to console Elewa just to pacify her own grief.

Achebe mentions “the green bottles”. The coup that takes place at the beginning of the novel is a foreshadow of the coup that will mark the end of the novel. If not, he would have handed him over to the police. Their appreciation shows how Ikem’s editorials have addressed the plight of common people.

However, Chris does not say anything to encourage Beatrice’s courage. Chapter Three reveals yet another paradox in the act of governance. Not quite long, a drought strikes Abazon.

The inscriptions that Chris reads on the luxury bus are very common in major cities across Africa but the irony is that many drivers and conductors of such buses always behave in a way that questions their understanding of such inscriptions. Workers’ leaders are indeed extraordinary riff-raffs. With some reservations, the Attorney-General confirms that he does not think that Chris is hundred percent behind His Excellency. He arranges with Emmanuel, his aide-de- camp, to move out of the GRA to the northern slums under the care of the taxi- driver, Braimoh.

The Quest for Good Governance: We first znthills him as the chairman of the high-level inquiry set up by the Kangan Military junta to look into the purported scuffle between Ikem and the security officers who were sent to carry out his arrest for question.


There is also the theme of oppressive dictatorial rule.

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. Therefore the struggle to overcome a history of suffering is a continuous process. It is this unselfish love that makes Braimoh runs after Chris’s murderer. Chinua’s father was a Christian churchman and he attended elite schools; the Government College in Umuahia and University College in Ibadan.

Major Sam furiously storms away leaving her alone on the balcony. In his speech at the meeting with Ikem, he holds everyone spellbound by his speech which is occasional punctuated by proverbs and humour. View the Lesson Plans. In the frenzy orgy, a police officer tries to rape a girl and Chris tries to rescue her and in the process, he is shot dead by the drunk police officer. Unlike other female characters in the novel, she is not only well educated but also intelligent.

While answering some of the question thrown at him by the audience, Ikem proposes the head of the president should be removed from the national currency if his image is put in the nation’s currency.

Anthills of the Savannah, Chinua Achebe

She sees these two developments as a ploy by the dastardly government of Major Sam safannah execute Chris just the way they did Ikem. The people ask the government to help but the government refuses. After Ikem has been carefully assassinated by the power-drunk military junta, Chris is the next target of elimination as he is declared wanted by the police who accuse him of exposing the excesses of the government to foreign media.

It is a form of punishment for the wrong doers. The most obvious practical difficulty is the magnitude heterogeneity of the problem. The first instance of this alienation in the novel is the way Sam deals with the problem of the Abazonian delegation.

As a psychological fiction, Achebe uses it to mirror the inner landscape of the heart. The way Achebe tells the story in Anthills of the Savannah is also interesting. When he leaves the Abazonian delegation that day, he is stopped by the traffic police because of some misdemenour.


Beatrice is particularly disturbed by Agatha’s overt wickedness despite her regular show of religiosity. It was a conflict between the Igbo, the eastern tribe; and the other three major ethnic groups temes Nigeria.

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. It came out in23 years after his previous major work, and it remains his last novel.

Not quite long, Chris is declared a wanted person by the military junta. Help Center Find new research papers in: After a brief arrangement, Chris is disguised and he travels to the north of the country in Braimoh’s taxi leaving behind Emmanuel to rejoin him later.

For this reason, she would not do any work on Saturdays, not even to light a stove. Friendship should be based on love, altruism, magnanimity and care. While Chris sees the visit of the delegation from Abazon to the Presidential Palace as a goodwill delegation, Major Sam sees it as an act of insurrection to be condemned.

No system can change that. It is also historical—it expounds the excessive of military despotism and tyranny. Colonel Johnson Ossai calls Beatrice to ask about the whereabouts of Chris but Beatrice denies knowing his whereabouts. I find it tragic and true. Although it has often been argued that men are pathological sexual animals, one would not have expected Major Sam to descend so low to attempt to rape his subordinate.

Sunday represents those docile semi illiterate Africans who serve the Europeans and Americans diligently. Ikem visits Chris with the letter and the estranged friends begin to plan how to avert the danger looming on them. Unfortunately, friendship has been bastardized these days.

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