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Goddess Of The Savannah: Beatrice As Achebe’S Sensible Solution, Gillian Renee Singler Jan 2015

Goddess Of The Savannah: Beatrice As Achebe’S Sensible Solution, Gillian Renee Singler

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This paper argues that Beatrice in Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah is a character whose democratic nature creates a place for voices typically excluded in the novel’s government. Functioning under the common assumption that Anthills of the Savannah is a political allegory, it is Beatrice’s democratic nature that makes her an ideal political leader. By blending change and tradition, Beatrice is able to form an inclusive and evolving solution to the novel’s leadership problem. The paper briefly reflects on colonialism’s role in destroying the socioeconomic and political systems already in place in African nations ...