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Theme of Disillusionment in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Once Are Not Yet Born

THEME OF DISILLUSIONMENT IN CHINUA ACHEBE’S A MAN OF THE PEOPLE AND AYI ARMAH’S THE BEAUTYFUL ONCE ARE NOT YET BORN

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Abstract
This research focuses on the theme of disillusionment in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Once Are Not Yet Born. Achebe and Armah see disillusionment as one of crux effects that affect the masses that is caused by the corrupt leaders who took powers from the colonialists. The study also shows that African leaders who assumed power after independence continued with the footsteps of the.

In A Man of the People for instance. Achebe uses Chief Nanga the Minister of Culture as an embodiment of disillusionment. Who involved in using the public fund that is meant for the society in building flats and living a luxury life. This form shows a clear element of disillusionment by the masses that voted him into office.

In The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Armah depicts a picture of the disillusionment and pain after the independence in Ghana. He reveals the social life of Ghanaians whereby government leaders like Koomson, Zacharias of Lagos and Abednego. Undergo luxurious life through embezzlement of government fund while living the masses in a poor condition.  It was recommended that Achebe and Armah novels should be added in the school curriculum. So as to teach the younger generation to desist from actions that encourage societal ills. Such as political disillusionment, poverty, social injustice, corruption and exploitation.

 

Theme of Disillusionment in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Once Are Not Yet Born

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1  Background to the study

The disillusionment of the masses in post-independence Africa is a prevalent phenomenon in novels of Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi’s The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born. As influential writers, Achebe and Armah in particular have an enduring tendency to the social and political commitment. The novel captures the pains of the oppressed in the class-enclave of Nigerians and Kenyans.

Moreover, the two novelists from different countries portray the disillusionment in their continents. How the poor passes through disillusionment and exploitation. In A Man of the People for instance. Achebe writes to find where they went wrong, where the rain began to beat them. He further states that, the disillusionment of the African people with their leaders began earlier in 1960s. Independence did not bring a better life and greater political and civil liberties to Africans.

In Armah’s The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, there is a portrayal of disillusionment in the Ghanaian society after the independence. He says, life has not changed for good, these promises still unfulfilled. This malicious betrayal drives the deep sense of disillusionment, despair and anger among Ghanaians and Africans as a whole.

The foregoing triggered the researcher to examine disillusionment of the masses in Achebe’s A Man of the People and Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born.

 

1.2       Statement of the Problem

In examining the disillusionment in Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi’s The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, both novels depict an undistorted effect of disillusionment in Nigeria and Ghana as complex problems affecting the masses.  Also, the treatment of disillusionment and pain is a strong analysis of the African past and present.

Chinua Achebe and Ayi Armah’s novels are existential realities on pains, corruption and political conflicts in their various countries. Their views on the attainment of independence. Which many Africans expected as a beginning of the golden era, turned into disillusionment and betrayal as seen in the two novels study in this work.

 

1.3       Purpose of the Study

The main purpose of this research work is to examine Theme of Disillusionment in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Once Are Not Yet Born.

 

Theme of Disillusionment in Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Once Are Not Yet Born

1.4       Significance of the Study

The study will be significant in the following ways. The study will be beneficial to students of English and Literary studies. By exposing them on the problems and challenges face as a result of disillusionment of the masses in African societies. The satisfactory completion of this study means a charting of a new course for the study of Nigerian students. As it will constitute a significant addition to the existing body of research in African literature.

 

1.5       Objectives of the study

The objectives of this study are:

(i)         to examine the causes of disillusionment of the masses in  Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’sThe Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born,

(ii)        to investigate the effects and consequences of disillusionment in Nigerian and Ghanaian’s political system.

(iii)       to find ways of eradicating the political disillusionment  and promoting  the growth and development of  Nigerian  and Ghanaian  leadership style.

 

1.6       Scope and delimitation of the Study

The scope of this study is delimited to the works of Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. The scope of this study also is to tackle the problems as indicated in the topic from the novels.

 

1.7       Research Methodology

The primary method use is Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People. And Ayi Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. Materials from the library are the secondary sources of information.

Joselyn Nya

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