The Beggars can do it, Why not the Able-bodied? Lessons from Sow Fall’s The Beggars’ Strike

The Beggars can do it, Why not the Able-bodied? Lessons from Sow Fall’s The Beggars’ Strike

Author by Dr. Ezinwanyi Adam

Journal/Publisher: Princeton & Associates Publishing Co. Ltd.

Volume/Edition: 2015

Language: English

Pages: 479 - 499

Abstract

This paper is a study of Aminata Sow Fall's allegorical novel, The Beggars' Strike. The aim is to elicit through the characters, themes, setting, plot, thought, and vision powerful teachings and lessons on possible ways of fighting against all forms of violence, physical and psyhological, and victimizations, as well as empowering the masses for sustainable development in Africa. The approach of practical textual criticism is applied as well as method of interpretation to present in-depth representations of characters, thoughts and vision of the writer, thereby projecting the ideas and thoughts of Sow Fall on how violence can be avoided or prevented and controlled by governments and peoples of Africa to promote socio-political, economic, mental, and moral growth and advancement of Africans and the nation. The work also looks at the hypocrisy of the leadership towards the poor as Sow Fall clearly shows that the political elites are not sincere in their promises of eradicating poverty and improving the living conditions of the poor masses, especially in Postcolonial Africa.


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