The Theme Of Nemesis In Eyo Etim’s Past Echoes
In contemporary literary studies, a theme is a central topic a narrative treats. Themes can be divided into two categories: a work’s thematic concept is what readers “think the work is about” and its thematic statement being “what the work says about the subject”. Themes are often distinguished from premises.
The most common contemporary understanding of theme is an idea or point that is central to a story, which can often be summed in a single word (for example, love, death, betrayal). Typical examples of themes of this type are conflict between the individual and society; coming of age; humans in conflict with technology; nostalgia; and the dangers of unchecked ambition.
A theme may be exemplified by the actions, utterances, or thoughts of a character in a novel. An example of this would be the thematic idea of loneliness in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, wherein many of the characters seem to be lonely. It may differ from the thesis the texts or author’s implied worldview.
A story may have several themes. Themes often explore historically common or cross-culturally recognizable ideas, such as ethical questions, and are usually implied rather than stated explicitly. An example of this would be whether one should live a seemingly better life, at the price of giving up parts of one’s humanity, which is a theme in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Along with plot, character, setting, and style, theme is considered one of the components of fiction
The Theme of Nemesis in Eyo Etim’s Past Echoes
The theme of nemesis is one of the major themes in the text this could be seen in the case of inspector Christ Owod who happened to father a weak son who cannot even claim the hill to the stream without breaking drinking water container , he was so weak to the point that his father hated him for his weak and feeble nature , inspector Christ being a very brave and gallant police officer of the Nigeria was disappoint over the weakness of his son because he expected him to be like him but his expectation was reverse
The theme of nemesis can as well be seen when Inspect Christ wife died of poison which was serve to him by his son because of the fact his dad hated his weak nature so he poison his father’s tea luckily for the father he was late for work so he abandon the tea and left for work but the wife drank the tea unknowing to her that the tea was poison by their own son who wanted o kill his father but end up killing his mother whom he loved very much, the death of Inspector Owod causes a lot of setback to Owod’s family leaving everybody in the state of confusion
Eyoh, E . past echoes ,Samuf Educational limited , uyo, akwa ibom state , 2013
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