CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE RULING AND THE MARGINALIZED CLASSES IN SOYINKA'S SELECTED PROSE

CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE RULING AND THE MARGINALIZED CLASSES IN SOYINKA'S SELECTED PROSE

Authors

  • OLUWATOYIN BARNABAS, PhD.

Keywords:

Political Elite, Intellectual Elite, Ruling Class, Power Conflict, Class Conflict, Ruling Elite, , Privileged Class, Marginalised Class

Abstract

There exists a wide gap between the ruling class and the marginalised, a situation that
culminates in power and class antagonism. While the political elite make frantic efforts to
maintain the status quo, the marginalised strive for a change. This paper identifies how Soyinka
exposes attempts by the privileged class to deny the marginalised opportunities for fulfilment,
ruling class and the intellectual elite and there is active opposition between them since the two
classes are at variance. This study depends on detailed reading and content analysis of The
Man Died and Season of Anomy. Critical works, mostly from the library and the internet
enhance the interpretation of the texts. The theoretical approach adopted for this study is the
New Historicism which holds that literature should be examined from within the context of the
instance, were the
time is evident in the works. The works and many more by him portray his attempt at
evident in The Man Died, and the Season of Anomy. In The Man Died, he rebels against the
Federal Government by trying to halt the importation of firearm and in the Season of Anomy
Soyinka uses Ofeyi to stop senseless killings. The paper discovers that Soyinka relies heavily
on the intellectuals to bring about positive changes and he does not support monopoly of power
by a few individuals who would always hang onto power.

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Published

2023-08-08

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