The fact that the short story is a neglected genre is well established and does not need to be restated here. What needs to be stated, perhaps, arising out of curiosity is that despite the numerous calls for critical interest in the short story, not many responses have been recorded. He concludes that these stories rate favourably with the best in the world Tony Afejuku and Adekunle Mamudu establish the destabilizing effects of diseases in Africa, especially in the midst of superstitious beliefs drawing exemplifications from the stories in the collection. They examine the depth of dislocation caused by disease at three levels—the individual, family and community—as portrayed in three stories in the collection.

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The dialect between the madman and Nwibe shows a confusing scene that is hard to follow. Nwibe is the key character in the story. Nwibe goes through a series of distinct phases of the society in the story.

The author is trying to portray a message of a society that is destroyed by struggle and conflict. It can be understood from the beginning of the story that the author is trying to investigate the topic of conflict. It is seen early in the story that Nwibe wants to visit a different neighborhood. He has Afo and Eke as two options, but he chooses to go to Eke. He knows that Eke is a bigger market. Although it is a two day journey, Nwibe sets out for the journey.

The truck drivers and many other people on his way try to demotivate him, but he stays strong and keeps moving forward. Similarly, as he is going towards the market, some of the youth yell at him, but he disregards them and marches forward. Nwibe decides to take a shower after working hard, but unfortunately the madman who has been watching him for a long time steals his clothes and runs towards the market.

The madman is a secondary character in the story who creates psychological conflict in the society. The madman is the real insane person. Show More. Popular Essays. Open Document.


The significance of Chinua Achebe’s short stories – Part 1

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Explication Of Theme In The Madman By Chinua Achebe

In The Madman by Chinua Achebe we have the theme of struggle, determination, identity, conflict, appearance and perception. Taken from his Girls at War and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Achebe may be exploring the theme of struggle. Though the madman can go to the local market he prefers to travel to Eke because he knows that it is a bigger market. Despite it being a struggle and a two day journey to Eke the madman is dedicated when it comes to traveling to the market. He overcomes the obstacles of the lorry drivers on the road who frown upon him walking in the middle of the road. Also the young children who shout at the madman as he makes his way to the market.

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