Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2019)
The importance of symbolism in African fictional works: The Palm wine Drinkard and secret lives by Amos Tutuola and Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Author(s): Vincent Akognon, Hounnou Azoua Mathias, Razakou Alidou Ibourahima Boro, Laure Clémence Capochichi-Zanou, Augustin Ainamon, Mensah Guy Appolinaire
Abstract: This article is about the study of Symbolism in Fictional Works by Amos Tutuola and Ngugi wa-Thiong’o. It is about to get ourselves to be apprehensive on both concepts in order to have a better use of this important concept. Highlighting new data of it suggesting a new approach to its use through study constitute my main objective. The present article is based on the symbolism in order to analyze and show realities of the two civilizations. Since some literary works’ analysis is done by taking into account only westerners’ view points, I will try to correct the false impression they have on African people in most African writings. Eventually, this article proves that some writers have a tendency to use both concepts according to the western point of view to express African realities in their literary works. I expect that, with this analysis many will realize that the unique way of enhancing the value of Africans’ local realities in African literary works is to make them symbolically well understood as seen by African societies.