IDEOLOGIES OF PROVERBS IN ACHEBE’S NOVELS: THINGS FALL APART, AND ARROW OF GOD

Livina Nkeiruka Emodi

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This study investigated ideologies in proverbs in Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God. Ideologies and values of Igbo society were identified using a semantic - grammatical approach. The study was anchored on the Hallidayan transitivity model and van Dijk’s socio-cognitive ideological frameworks. The study found out that proverbs used in the novels not only helped to demonstrate Achebe’s artistry as a master craftsman but also adequately revealed major Igbo ideologies. Ideologies found out include masculinity, relationship, achievement, spiritual, imperialism, and anti- imperialism. Finally, the study proved that transitivity is significantly beneficial in revealing ideology in writings and Systemic Functional Grammar and Critical Discourse Analysis had worked well in the analysis of Ideologies of proverbs.


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Ideologies, Proverbs, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God.

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