Yıl 2015, Cilt 1, Sayı 3, Sayfalar 338 - 344 2015-12-27

OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE

Norbert Oyibo Eze [1]

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Certain critics of contemporary Nigerian drama represented by Abiola Irele, for example, seem to place the plays of Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel laureate on literature, squarely within the confines of ritual aesthetics, in terms of dramatic taxonomy. Although ritual, especially Ogunism, exerts a huge influence and, no doubt, constitutes a major master code for interpreting a play like The Bacchae of Euripides, this paper argues that the religious elements in this transnational play merely serve as a camouflage for the exploration of class struggle. Class consciousness, though expressed through religious symbolism, is given much force and weight in the play from its beginning to the end that it seems to be the principal theme of this play. In the text, the masses knowledge of their position as not given, constrains them to remain steadfast and pushful until they overthrow the status quo through mass revolution, thereby securing unfettered freedom for themselves. In the light of the foregoing, this paper will attempt to interpret The Bacchae from Marxist perspective in order to show that not all Soyinka`s plays lack solid class ideology.

Keywords: Overthrowing, Bacchae, Marxist, Soyinka
Overthrowing, Bacchae, Marxist, Soyinka
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Bibtex @ { ijasos179430, journal = {International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences}, issn = {}, eissn = {2411-183X}, address = {OCERINT International Organization Center of Academic Research}, year = {2015}, volume = {1}, pages = {338 - 344}, doi = {10.18769/ijasos.71428}, title = {OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE}, key = {cite}, author = {Eze, Norbert Oyibo} }
APA Eze, N . (2015). OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE. International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences, 1 (3), 338-344. DOI: 10.18769/ijasos.71428
MLA Eze, N . "OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 1 (2015): 338-344 <http://ijasos.ocerintjournals.org/issue/24463/179430>
Chicago Eze, N . "OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 1 (2015): 338-344
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ISNAD Eze, Norbert Oyibo . "OVERTHROWING THE STATUS QUO: INTERPRETING WOLE SOYINKA`S THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES FROM A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE". International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences 1 / 3 (Aralık 2015): 338-344. http://dx.doi.org/10.18769/ijasos.71428