Naturalism, Ritual, Technique, and Being in the Postmodern Novel: A Comparative Study of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea and Alobwed’Epie’s The Lady with a Beard
Comparative study focused on the authors’ indebtedness to naturalism and similar use of rituals in their existential exploration of the human condition. Djockoua explores the pessimism and nihilism permeating both works, along with their thematic treatment of the positive impact of choice, action, and fortitude on shaping the meaning of life. Also discusses each protagonist’s role in passing down the value of ritual and skillful craftsmanship to the young.
Emerging Perspectives on Alobwed’Epie