Alienation and Betrayal: A Comparative Study of Okonkwo and Said Mahran

Abdulrahman Mokbel Mahyoub Hezam
2016 Theory and Practice in Language Studies  
The study aims at tracing out the analogous creative credo Chinua Achebe and Naguib Mahfouz share and decipher it through their novels Things Fall Apart and The Thief and the Dogs. The focus is on examining alienation and betrayal as two of the recurring themes in modern novel in general and Third World novel in particular. One of the objectives of the study is to show how social change affects the lives of the protagonists in both novels in two societies that undergo a transition resulting, in
more » ... ition resulting, in varying degrees. These novelists present a painstaking study of the effects of this change on the sensibility of Okonkwo and Said Mahran which shows their understanding of the social forces at work at the time and their skill in using their knowledge of human psychology to develop their central characters Okonkwo and Said. The comparative methodology is used to understand the reaction of both men to the social changes around them in the light of their personalities and their social background.
doi:10.17507/tpls.0608.02 fatcat:oj4hmu5fdjfhlll3u4fenikvtm