BUCHI EMECHETA’S NOVELS JUSTIFIES THAT GENDER PERPETUATES POWER INEQUALITIES IN SOCIETY

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N. Sinthuja, Dr. A.A.Jayashree Prabhakar

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The Portrayal of African women in Africa literature has always been of great critical interest.  Buchi Emecheta as a female writer looks upon the issues in the society with a different perception. Her perceptions of issues and the interpretation of the things are always different from the male writers. Buchi Emecheta being a African woman, and with the experience of her own bitter life presents a female literature. She presents woman’s view of life, woman’s experience in society, in other words a new element. Emecheta has theorized women in her works. Her women characters can be best viewed and understood from subaltern perspective. Buchi Emecheta‘s novels are the tales of young girls and women who are oppressed, entrapped, exploited and sometimes left alone between their deep connections to the tradition and customs and their attraction to the modern cultural. Emecheta has presented her women characters with no or limited success in life. They are always in a conflict between the old and the new. Her women characters are painfully aware about the traditional and western way of life. Emecheta shows how the western values are imposed on indigenous people. Set in postcolonial Ibuza, Lagos and contemporary London her stories show how girls and women are brainstormed to accept the male privilege. Women characters challenge their men‘s right.

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