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Volume 2 Issue 8

January 2016

Facets of Alienation in Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price
Ms. S. Nishanthi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Kongu Arts and Science College, 
Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Alienation refers to the social alienation of people from aspects of their human nature. Marx believed that alienation is a systematic result of capitalism. When slavery has torn apart one’s heritage, when the past is more real than the present and when the rage of a dead body can literally rock a house, then the traditional novel is no longer an adequate instrument. Images of women differ from country to country. What is the image of women conceived by African writers especially Buchi Emecheta? Their delineation is the image of women which gets reflected in literature. With changing times, the cachet of women in society has been constantly questioned and for centuries women have struggled to find their place in a world that is predominantly male oriented. Feminism among creators limited the extent of patriarchal society and believed in the potential of women. In creating such characters, the portrayal ranged from individuals to stereotypes of good and evil. Buchi Emecheta in her novel The Bride Price has created women who are far from stereotypes. They are represented in the shades of gray. The fiction represents the phallocentric macrocosm of the African life where women are placed below men and still feel confinement at various levels.
Keywords
Alienation; Women; Individuality; Identity.
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