SYMBOLS OF DECADENCE IN AYI KWEI ARMAH’STHE BEAUTYFUL ONES ARE NOT YET BORN
This work introduces the major variable in this research topic as well as gives a brief background of the text adopted for critical analysis. The text selected for the study, therefore will focus on the concept of symbol and decadence as well as its relevance to the novel. This research examines symbols of Decadence in this novel: AyiKweiArmah’sThe Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. This work focuses on the theory of Marxism. The theory will then focus on the thematic concern of symbols and decadence of the text selected for the study. Armah has successfully shown in the text above how the political independence of 1957 in Ghana has failed to lessen the yoke of colonialism from the common people in Ghana.
TABLE OF CONTENT
1.1 Theoretical Framework and Methodology
1.2 Statement of Research Problem
1.3 Authorial Background
1.4 Purpose of the Study
1.5 Scope of the Study
2.1 Literature Review
3.1 Symbol of Decadence in TheBeautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
3.2 Character Portrayal as Theme and Technique
4.1 Symbolic Type and Societal Relevance
4.2 Symbols used as Decadence Stamps
5.1 The Effects of Symbolic Decadence in the Ghanian Society
This chapter introduces the major variable (Symbols of Decadence) in the research topic as well as give a brief background of the text adopted for critical analysis. The text selected for the study therefore, focuses on the concept of symbols of decadence as well as its relevance to socio-economic and political cleansing of the Ghanaian society. A symbol was defined according to Northrop Frye in his book “Anatomy of criticism” is something such as object, picture, written word, sound or particular mark that represents something else by association resemblance or convention for example, a red octagon may be a symbol for “stop”. On map crossed sabresmay indicate a battlefield. All language consists of symbols personal numberalsare symbols for numbers names are symbols representing individuals. Swiss Psychoanalyst Carl Jung, who studied archetypes, proposed an alternative definition of symbol distinguishing it from the term sign. In Jung’s view, a sign stands for something known, as a word stands for its referent.
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