DESTINY, DETERMINATION AND DILEMMA: AN EXISTENTIALIST READING OF CHIGOZIE OBIOMA’S AN ORCHESTRA OF MINORITIES

Michael Bassey Akpan

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This paper interrogates destiny, determination and dilemma in Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities. The paper adopts a qualitative approach which involves a close reading and analysis of some extrapolations from the text, using Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialism as theoretical anchor. Through this method, the paper explores some contemporary issues and themes and strongly posits that forces of fate controls what one is and what one is destined to be. The study also delves into the unforeseen circumstances of the protagonist’s decision, and the encounters in his pursuit of love and success as he tries to navigate his way into proving to Ndali’s family that he is worthy of her love and that he can be prosperous. Findings further reveal that Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities reflects Sartre’s emphasis on individuality, the clash between fate and freedom, and the existential dilemmas faced by the protagonist amidst societal expectations. The paper concludes that the fusion of Chigozie Obioma’s Narrative in An Orchestra of Minorities with Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist philosophy enriches the understanding of the protagonist’s battle with fate, choice and societal pressures.


Keywords


Fate, Existentialism, Societal pressure, Choice.

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