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Year : 2021, Volume : 12, Issue : 1
First page : ( 1) Last page : ( 5)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828. Published online : 2021  15.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2021.00003.6

The Art of Storytelling: A Stylistic analysis of achebe’s No Longer at Ease and Arrow of God

Pattnaik Kunal Mr.1,*Assistant Professor, Mishra Sailesh Kumar 2,*Associate Professor

1of English, Department of Basic Science and Humanities, Gandhi Institute for Technological Advancement, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

2of English, Department of HSS, ITER, S ‘O’ A Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar.

*Corresponding Author Email: kunal.pattnaik@gmail.com,saileshmishra@soa.ac.in

Received:  08  ,  2020; :  19  ,  2020; Accepted:  25  October,  2020.


Across all his novels, Chinua Achebe has rendered a bold Africanisation of the English language. He has effectively channelled the language of the colonizer in writing counter-narratives to the colonial misinterpretation of the African narrative. He is a realistic author who seeks to explore his people, society and culture from within and present it in a pragmatic manner. Achebe in all his novels, tells the story of Africa thereby giving his readers an impression of him being familiar as well as critical as a storyteller. He was aware of the importance of storytelling in African societies and had emphasized on the importance of the storyteller in recounting the story to future generations. Achebe’s narrative is fitting for the numerous ideas he would like to express to his readers. All of his works reveal how his narrative techniques change in respect to the contexts of his novels. He makes use of the novel which is a western narrative technique and adapts it to represent his African experience. Therefore, his narrative and the way in which he narrates are relevant topics for discussion. The present paper will deal with the various narrative styles that Achebe has adopted in his novels No longer at Ease and Arrow of God. It will also look into the various techniques used by the author to emphasize the creation of the African identity using various linguistic tools. In brief, this stylistic critique seeks to demonstrate how effectively Achebe stretches the boundaries of English language to fit in the varied hues of Nigerian life.



Africanisation, Narrative Strategies, Linguistic tools, Storytelling, Linguistic Identity.


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