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Anthills of the Savannah

The title Anthills of the Savannah is a very relevant metaphor for the novel it represents. An anthill is a massive accomplishment for a group of ants: it is both a symbol of strength and...

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Anthills of the Savannah

Achebe's work deals very directly with the issues of post-colonial Africa. Countries that had their own cultures and systems of government found themselves occupied, with new cultures and languages...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2018 1:02 am UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah

Women are portrayed in Anthills of the Savannah as being capable of escaping the subordinate roles assigned to them by traditional culture. In the figure of Beatrice Okoh we have a particularly...

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Anthills of the Savannah

Anthills of the Savannah is about three friends trying to live under an oppressive military regime. The three friends who are the focus of the story are Sam, the president of Kangan; Chris, the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 5:41 pm UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah

In Anthills of the Savannah Chinua Achebe uses the character of Beatrice to demonstrate that Nigerian women are more than capable of asserting themselves and breaking free from the restraints of...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 9:27 am UTC

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As my colleague states, Sam's actions constitute the most egregious examples of corruption in the novel. In the story, Sam is the president of the fictitious West African country of Kangan. His two...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 7:15 pm UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah

Elewa has a significant role in Anthills of the Savannah. She is Ikem's girlfriend, and she is pregnant with his child. By the end of the novel, Ikem is killed and Elewa is left to raise the...

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Anthills of the Savannah

Postcolonialist theory looks at the impact of colonial and imperial systems on people in countries that became independent after having been colonies. People writing from postcolonialist...

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The people of Kangan used to be ruled by military force and colonial rule. While they have come together to build a new government based on democracy and the voice of the people, there are some who...

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Of the three friends, Sam is the least developed in this novel. He represents the archetypal corrupted leader - not a man that started out bad, but one for whom power has been a negative force,...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008 2:50 am UTC

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The namine ceremony symbolizes hope for the future. The character of Africa and of its people had been decimated by European colonialism. For years, the people had to learn to adjust to European...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2008 11:34 am UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah is definitely related to colonialism—as are most of Chinua Achebe's works. Since the novel is set in a fictional, westernized African country that is postcolonial, Anthills...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 12:38 am UTC

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Colonization is represented in this novel, as in other novels, as a corrupting force. In this novel, it has taken three African men and pulled them away from their roots. The first, Sam, has...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2008 3:23 am UTC

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Achebe handles both Western and African religion in this novel. The character of Beatrice represents an African goddess, and is very connected to the mythic traditions of the people of Kangan....

Latest answer posted March 30, 2008 11:17 am UTC

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Chapter 10 begins with the poem "Africa" and goes on to describe an encounter between Ikem and the taxi drivers. This serves as a contrast to Ikem's experience in the previous chapter,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2008 12:47 pm UTC

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Much of the conflict of this novel centers around the cultural gap between the colonizing force, the people the colonizers have influenced, and original culture of the native land. In this novel,...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2008 12:07 pm UTC

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Achebe is considered the foremost Nigerian author of our time. This work is one of postcolonial literature, implying by its genre that Achebe will make us, the reader, take responsibilty for our...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2008 3:59 am UTC

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"Anthills" is an excellent portrayal of how African colonialism - and particularly the way colonization occurred and then ended - decimated the culture and economy of the natives. In...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2008 8:44 am UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah

The Wretched of the Earth is a collection of essays by Frantz Fanon which is concerned with the processes of decolonization, especially in regard to Africa in the 1950s. Chinua Achebe’s novel The...

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One thing that stands out is that their lovemaking comes as the culmination of a kind of argument. Beatrice is angry that Chris let her go off to a party alone and was too "considerate" to call her...

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Anthills of the Savannah is, at its heart, a novel that explores how men and women deal differently with conflict and power. The men of the story are in control at the start after a successful...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 11:58 pm UTC

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In its depiction of Sam, Anthills of the Savannah provides a perfect example of the saying, ''Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’’ his power, he insists on being called ‘‘Your...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2007 12:57 am UTC

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The depiction of 'greedy leader' falls under the heading of Sam in this novel. He is symbolic of so many dictator who stepped in to profit from the unrest that existed in post-colonial Africa....

Latest answer posted February 13, 2008 7:58 am UTC

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The conflict of this story is a social one - how does a colonized country that has been infiltrated and influenced by a completely new culture reclaim itself? How does it find a way to exist again...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2008 11:47 am UTC

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Anthills of the Savannah

Please review the answers below, as they cover the topic of African politics in this novel. Thanks for using Enotes!...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2008 10:42 am UTC

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Certainly he does. Sam, Ikem and Chris are all caught up in the mechanism of politics, and all of them lose at least a little of their integrity. Beatrice, however, makes a conscious effort to...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 11:16 am UTC

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Enotes provides a wonderful site for character analysis. I've checked it and all of the characters are well explained. In addition, see the links below for additional information related to each...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 11:40 am UTC

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The different perspectives of the three protagonists portray the different attitudes of people in this post-colonial country. All three characters come from an educated and Western background and...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2008 1:22 am UTC

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Beatrice is an unusual woman. She is educated, strong, yet very intuitive as well. Although she has a career ahead of her, more than a career she desires peace, which gives a certain spiritual...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2007 8:32 pm UTC

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The objective of Achebe is for readers to understand the many different perspectives that are effecting Kangan (i.e., Nigeria) in a post-colonial world. One narrator would provide readers with one...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2008 12:29 pm UTC

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Excellent question! In Anthills of the Savannah it is clear that by having two main female characters (Beatrice and Elewa), Achebe is focussing on women to an extent that he has not really done in...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2009 10:18 pm UTC

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To use an old saying, fish stinks from the head, and the widespread corruption that poisons so many aspects of life in Kangan emanates from the head of the government, “His Excellency” Sam. The...

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