The Relevance of Literary Language in Addressing Societal Ills: A Comparative Overview of the Narrative Technique of Ifeoma Okoye’s Men without Ears and Ayi Kwei Armah’s the Beautyful Ones are not Yet Born


 This project investigates how literary works can be used to remedy societal issues. Through the stories of Ifeoma Okoye and Ayi Kwei Armah, it investigates the experience of corruption in Ghana and Nigeria. From distinct perspectives, these two persons have criticised the flaws in their countries through their stories. The study demonstrates that corruption is a widespread problem in African society, and that the struggle against corruption is not limited to men. It is an encouragement that every member of society should be engaged in contributing to the betterment of society as a whole. The authors have used literary language strategies to reach their goal of highlighting society’s faults and providing solutions. The researchers looked at the writers’ language choices, the stylistic use of language in the books, contrasted the language choices in the two novels, and analysed how the authors employed literary language to address societal issues.

Author(s) Details:

Sambo, Bunmwakat Kate,
Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria.

Ado, A. Jacob,
Girls High School, Gindiri, PMB 01001, Mangu, Plateau State, Nigeria.

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