Patriarchy, Gender Discrimination and Resistance in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen (1974) and Kehinde (1994)
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As one of the most figures of the Nigerian Literature, Buchi Emecheta displays a vivid portrayal of the bitter realities of certain patriarchal practices in the African culture, which not only thwarted Black women but also hampered them from having a position in the society. This study selected two of her novels, Second Class Citizen (1974) and Kehinde (1994). It discusses issues of patriarchy, gender discrimination and Resistance in both novels. This thesis is based on Alice Walker’s Womanism, developed in her collection of essays In Search Of Our Mothers Garden: Womanist Prose (1983). In this analysis we have tried to show that despite the fact that the two works are twenty years apart, the author is still discusses the same issues that come from her cultural and personal experiences. The author has portrayed the oppression practiced towards women. She has depicted how women are dominated by men in patriarchal societies. Emecheta has also described how these women rebel and seek for independence through the process of education. This study concludes that Emecheta succeeds in using resistant and powerful female character, aiming at identifying the suffering of women as she underlines a strong autobiographical quality of writing her novels. As well as, women as a subject of oppression are always seeking for freedom.
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