A comparative analysis of Firebrands and The Wicked Walk A thematic perspective

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Amelework Mesfin


This article analysed and compared two novels: Sahlesilasse Birhanemeskel’s Firebrands and W.E Mkufya’s The Wicked Walk following a thematic analytical framework. The article tries to explore the major themes of the two novels. The novels were selected from two different African counters: Firebrands from Ethiopia and The Wicked Walk from Tanzania. The study followed a qualitative research design. A content analysis checklist was followed as the main analytical tool. Common themes portrayed by the two East African novelists have often been misunderstood as the authors lived in two different counties facing colonialism and liberation differently. Tanzania was a British colony and Ethiopia remained a free country. Readers often expect the two authors present a negative presentation of social class in each society. Living into two different worlds, the two authors are expected to depict entirely different images of women in the two Eastern Africa societies. Several thematic analyses have been conducted on African literature by several researchers. Such studies also contributed a lot to the development of literature in the Africa.

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Mesfin, A. (2024). A comparative analysis of Firebrands and The Wicked Walk: A thematic perspective. NAWA Journal of Language and Communication, 17(1), 109–115. https://doi.org/10.59677/njlc.v17i1.37
Author Biography

Amelework Mesfin, Salale University

Amelework Mesfin is the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Salale University (Ethiopia) and holds MA degree in English Language and Literature (Jimma University) and an honours degree in English (Adama Science and Technology University), Ethiopia.


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