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Title:Narrative technique and the role of commentators in Ama Ata Aidoo's works
Author:Sutherland-Addy, EsiISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic term:Ghana
About person:Christina Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-)ISNI
Abstract:In exploring the complex political, economic and social problems which she perceives on the postindependence African scene, Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana) has developed a unique narrative technique which blends with her choice of characters. Through a striking use of language and symbolism she makes it clear that the point of view of those who suffer from extreme powerlessness, unemployment and poverty must be given a hearing. Her protagonists are usually women. Her preference is for intimate, personalized narrations in correspondingly suitable settings using dramatic monologue and dialogue. The structure of her works allows for progressive intensification of her major motifs. By using direct commentator/narrators, commentator/protagonists, and observer/commentators, she tends to reveal various moods of frustration and moments of deep insight which may also be her own. The discussion of the structure of Ama Ata Aidoo's writings and her use of narrators is based mostly on the collection of stories 'No sweetness here' (1970), the short story 'Satisfaction' published in 'Imaginative writing' (1971), and the plays 'The dilemma of a ghost' (1965) and 'Anowa' (1970). Bibliogr., ref.