AFRICA VIEWED THROUGH ITS PROVERBS AND LITERATURE

  • Ana Cristina Pinheiro Fortes

Abstract

This paper aims at demonstrating that a better and richer analysis of a literary work can be realized if a deep exam of the proverbs used is carried out. This work has a semiotic rather than a linguistic perspective as we try to throw light on the world-view of the people the literary text refers to. The work is divided into two chapters. In Chapter 1 we give a bird´s eye view of African proverbs and their use in African literature, and in Chapter 2 we focus on Chinua Achebe´s masterpiece Things Fall Apart. We have adhered to Bhuvaneswar´s classification of proverbs into prototypical, vehicle and contextual so as to carry out a semiotic analysis of the proverbs used by Chinua Achebe.

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Published
2014-05-20
How to Cite
Fortes, A. C. P. (2014). AFRICA VIEWED THROUGH ITS PROVERBS AND LITERATURE. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 10(10). https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2014.v10n10p%p
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