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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Again, he is fearless and selfless. He was Ikem’s headmaster back in the primary school. When he comes back, there is a coup in the country; his school friends invite him to be the Head of State.

Page view s 2, Style, Character, and the Theme of Struggle and Change: Anthills of the Savannah centres around three personages—Chris, Sam and Ikem. For this reason, she would not do any work on Saturdays, not even savannay light a stove.

Anthills of the Savannah Themes

It should be noted that power without a responsibility is an abuse of power. The news also has it that Ikem has had a scuffle with anthils security officials and as a result, he has been fatally wounded by gunshot.

Instead of going out to meet them by himself, he assigns someone else to do it. You find that funny? 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 National Gazette. The next day, the BBC correspondent who has granted Chris an interview is deported but the Student Union has already taken up the case demanding the immediate dismissal of Major Ossai and judicial inquiry into the death of Ikem.

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He is afraid he is going to wind up like Ikem, and goes into hiding. View the Lesson Plans. Built on the Johns Hopkins Te Campus. Files in This Item: Chris is perhaps a bit relieved when he learns that there is not much trouble in the house with Beatrice.

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Anthills of the Savannah Author: Like Emmanuel, Braimoh is loyal and selfless to Chris. Chris is the Commissioner for Information in Kangan. His affair with Elewa portrays such connection. 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.

To give vent to his anger, Chris calls Ikem into his office and rebukes him for his ‘insensitive’ editorials and vouches never to defend him at the cabinet meetings but Ikem promises never to relent.

Help Center Find new research papers in: I find it tragic and true. Corruption Anthills of the Savannah also x-rays all forms of corruption—political, moral and social—among the ruling elites. Ikem symbolises numerous activists who have been martyred by corrupt and wicked military regimes all over the world and Africa in particular. Arguably, every society is in a continuum of finding an ideal government which will make every citizen happy. View the Study Pack.


Louise is frigid and for this reason; she cannot make a good wife. 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.

We don’t meet her when she is alive and for this reason, we cannot really scrutinize her character. The masses are always tolerating the excesses of those in power. He is no doubt a statesman and an epitome of wisdom and wit. Even after the death of the trio, there is no hope for an ideal government.

Perhaps the point Mr Achebe tries to make here is that even in an irresponsible and corrupt military regime, there are few people in uniform who still possess some sense of sanity and fair judgment like the Police Superintendent.

I don’t know if Achebe’s critics would have wanted him to exaggerate his female characters by dressing them in foreign outfits.