CONFLICT OF INTERESTS: BEATRICE PLAYING THE ROLE OF A MEDIATOR IN CHINUA ACHEBE’S ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH

Ngozi Dora Ulogu, Christiana Obiageli Udogu

Abstract


Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah (1987) is usually read as a record of military dictatorship, power play, conflicts, intimidations, disagreements, and misunderstandings in the society. There are indications of conflicts among characters on issues of interests. The clash of    interests leads to eventual breakdown into oppressive conflicts as observed in the relationship among the trio of Sam, Chris and Ikem. The three childhood friends eventually reached a fatal and murderous conflict situation because none could shift their position. To contain these   disagreements, mediation, a process of conflict resolution without recourse to litigations is employed. At the center of these mediatory efforts is Beatrice, playing significant roles in bridging the antagonism between, and among the disagreeing colleagues. This paper studies the clash of interests among the three friends in Anthills of the Savannah, as well as, the crucial roles of mediation as conflict resolution applied by Beatrice in the turn of the events. In conclusion the paper views Beatrice as projecting a new role for the women in modern African literary narratives.


Keywords


Conflict, Mediation, Mediator, Dictatorship, Resolution, Interest, Escalation

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