Disparagement of women in akan literature: A feminist critique of L. D. Apraku’s Obofo Ba Ampomaa novel
In the Akan culture, it appears that women have always been subjected to social stereotypes such as prostitution, being opportunist, being a burden to their husbands and so on. This reflects in the oral traditions of the Akan. Women have always been portrayed negatively in literature. In this paper, I argue, from a feminist point of view, that Akan writers tend to belittle women in their literary works. Using feminist criticisms as the theoretical basis of this study, the study revealed that female characters in the novel were being discriminated against in terms of the relationship they have with men and how language was used to portray the image of women. The study reveals instances where the author used language to depict how weak women are in society. It further reveals that women are not endowed with the ability to take a bold step in all their endeavours. Even so, a woman would overcome a hurdle in life only and only if it is under the supervision of a man. It finally reveals that women are seen as a present that is used to please men for their heroics.
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