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A Focus On Caricature In Chukwuemeka IKE’s Our Children Are Coming

Mohammed Attai Yakubu, Leonard Ikerionwu


The study commenced with conceptual clarification in order to properly define the focus and state the purpose of the study which is to study caricature in Ike’s Our Children Are Coming and point out its communicative function. The researcher carried out a review of some critical works on Ike’s novels to establish a lacuna that this study intended to fill. The researcher observed that caricature as an aspect of Ike’s style had not been investigated. In the novel, Our Children Are Coming caricature is a device employed by Ike to ridicule characters, titles, and commissions of inquiry in Nigeria in order to bring about a positive change. A number of passages were extracted from the novel and analysed. Some of the findings of the study are: caricature enhances an understanding and interpretation of the novel; it has both entertainment and communicative functions; it is a way of expressing the author’s disgust for some people,their idea, and the institution they represent.


caricature; Chukwuemeka Ike; The Nigerian Novel; satire; literary devices

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