Awosika, Olawale
September 2009
Education;Fall2009, Vol. 130 Issue 1, p62
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
A literary criticism of the book "The Healers," by Ayi Kwei Armah is presented. It outlines the characters and explores the symbolic significance of these characters. It examines the narrator of the novel's viewpoint that Africa's problem is division against the unity of the people on the continent and about the greed of the Ashanti Empire. An overview of the story is also given.


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