Symbolism in the Language of J.P. Clark's Early Plays: a Study of the Three Plays and Ozidi
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Keywords

Symbolism
gods
abomination
superstition
witchcraft and sorcery

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Ilize Anthony Othuke, & Sunday Doutimiariye Abraye. (2018). Symbolism in the Language of J.P. Clark’s Early Plays: a Study of the Three Plays and Ozidi. Liwuram - Journal for the Humanities, 19(1), 52 - 58. Retrieved from http://journals.unimaid.edu.ng/index.php/liwuram/article/view/46

Abstract

This paper is a critical examination of the non-human characters in some of John Pepper Clark’s early plays. The plays under focus are Song of a Goat, The Masquerade, The Raft and Ozidi. About fourteen non-human characters have been selected and examined in the paper. The study highlights the symbolic nature non-human characters selected as they are revealed through the use of their symbolic meaning in the Izon mythology. It is through these non-human symbols that J.P. Clark presents the socio-cultural as well as the political experience of the Izon people for optimum understanding. The paper is expected to stimulate further researches into the covert and overt symbolic representations in Izon land, thus giving room for a kind of typology in a traditionally religious way as they presented to us by the playwright in the selected plays.

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