SOCIAL SATIRE, THE PLAYWRIGHT AND ARTISTIC VISION IN BASSEY UBONG’S MANCHILD BLUES

Okon Udofot Jacob (PhD), Godwin Edet Effiong

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This paper examines the deployment of social satire as aesthetic strategy in Bassey Ubong's Manchild Blues. The paper notes that contemporary society is shaped by manifold crisis, tension and confusion and writers, in their patriotic bids to expose and interrogate these wrongs often resort to portraying them in their works, incorporate satiric and humorous techniques to expose social inanities and pass their messages across to the universe of their experience with ease and excitement. It is against this backdrop that this work sets out to examine how the author deploys satiric techniques to bring to the literary front burnerthe societal ills, aimed at effecting a possible change. This work uses qualitative methodology because all data analyzed are based on close reading of the primary text. The paper reveals that, social realities pose serious influence on the writer’s imagination, strip the envisioned contemporary world and in the process contribute to the repair the socio-political, economic and cultural state of people and society. The work concludes that satirical technique helps the writer to unveil societal ills but makes them to appear mild and less injurious without being pedantic or sounding unserious.


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Social satire, humorous technic, moral foible, artistic vision, Bassey Ubong.

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