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Situating Achebe’s Arrow of God in Modern Democracy

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Ikechukwu Christian Nnaji

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humanities Department, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author: Ikechukwu Christian Nnaji


The thrust of this paper is to give fresh insight into Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God and to justify its relevance in modern democracy. Despite the fact that Arrow of God is a historical novel depicting culture contact and conflict, yet, its socio-political structure has intrinsic elements of democracy enshrined or anchored on egalitarianism, power, and on conflict and resolution strategies. The text’s attempts to critique western attack against African social stratification or patriarchal system in order to portray modernism in the guise of (modern) democracy remains the objective focus of the paper. The research deploys historical, psychological and sociological approaches to espouse and to analyze various contentious issues or perspectives fundamental in the novel which apply to modern democracy to the reader. The findings justify the text as one of Africa’s classic epics tailored to anticipate modern democracy and this may continue to attract concerns to suit the anomalous problematic trends of modern democracy in a contemporary society.


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Situating Achebe’s Arrow of God in Modern Democracy

How to cite this paper: Ikechukwu Christian Nnaji. (2021) Situating Achebe’s Arrow of God in Modern Democracy. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science5(2), 179-188.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2021.07.001

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