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What are the main themes in "A Man of the People" by Chinua Achebe?

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kobefreak | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 8, 2008 at 8:11 AM via web

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What are the main themes in "A Man of the People" by Chinua Achebe?

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 11, 2008 at 2:04 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the main themes in this novel is the corruptness of the government as it struggles to define itself in post-colonial times. Chief Nanja is the symbol of this corruption as he manipulates the people for his own wealth and social status. The irony lies in the title, Man of the People;for in this work, a man of the people is, paradoxically, a man against the people, yet the people do not want to face their own deception as they desire to keep Nanja in power at the price of their own freedom.

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