A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo. BOY 2 Two children in a dream. The boy being the. GIRL, ghost of Ato’s former self. The Bird of the Wayside. The Dilemma of a Ghost was first presented by the . The Dilemma of a Ghost: Ama Ata Aidoo: recognition with a problem play, The Dilemma of a Ghost (), in which a Ghanaian student returning home brings.

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He identifies ‘six levels of language: Sep 16, Rattyfleef added it. I have read it and has given me many didactic lessons.

Want to Read saving…. More of my reviews at my blog, www. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Of course, it would be even better to see these plays staged! These plays are beautiful. The story in Dilemma of a Ghost happens even to Africans who marry guost different ethnic groups. The couple develop a successful business traveling around buying and selling skins.

Both plays are wonderful examinations of the legacy the Transatlantic Slave Trade has left Ghana with.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lines such as “Aren’t they gotten any meaning on this rotten island” 48 and “Or are you too British you canna hear me Yankee lingo” 46 sound fake and perhaps demonstrate Aidoo’s own unfamiliarity at the time she wrote this play dilemmq American patterns of speech and expression. Oct 13, Jay Clare rated it it was amazing. In one of the weirder comparisons of this blog. bhost

The number of people who actually came from those communities and had the time, interest and access to write is tiny. Nov 13, Marcy rated it really liked it.

Perhaps the most interesting and successful use of language is that of the family as well as the two old women. However, she certainly succeeds in distinguishing Eulalie’s linguistic register from that of the rest of characters; demonstrating her inability to communicate with Ato Yawson and his family. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.

The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo

I continue to find plays difficult to read and feel that I miss much of what is happening because I know so little about African life. Both plays exhibit rich Fante culture, religion and wise anows. Throughout the play Eulalie has been seen to be the superior one between her and Ato. A young woman, Anowa, chooses to marry a man whom her parents reject as unworthy.

When Ato explains to Esi that he hit Eulalie and lied about her being receded, Esi finally understood why Eulalie acted the way she did. The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa 3. Aidoo wrote Dilemma of a Ghost in the s when she was still a college student.

I remember enjoying one of them, I suppose, but can’t remember which, hence lack of star rating. Aidoo’s manipulation of language in her earliest work shows the potential use of English not just as the colonial language but also as a way of expressing Ghanaian linguistic styles and forms.

Read this at BCC. Ato Yawson’s language clearly reflects thost of the educated African, one who has spent time abroad, a “been-to,” who is thus alienated from his family and his heritage as well as from his wife, caught in the middle between Africa and the West. It was interesting to read about the expectation expected from family.

The Dilemma of a Ghost

These are a pair of charming little plays written by a Ghanaian woman in the s. At some point, it beca Both are good plays. Then scoop ghozt ears of all their wax And bring them here.

Trivia About The Dilemma of a Definately a recipe for conflict. To see annowa your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At some point in the past decade, however, it seemed that every new African writer was pilfering Faulkner’s narrative techniques, O’Neill’s plot devices, and some sort of political stance combined with a smattering of pidgin English or Kikuyu language to express the dilemma anv not conforming to traditional values or having a rough time growing up.

At the risk of seeming pretentious or even inconsiderate, I found both works a bit too self-referential in the African-coming-to-grips-with-identity sub-genre that seems to have proliferated over the past decade or so.

Oct 30, Breanna Morgan rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Still, here there seems hope that love can conquer all — at least that’s how the two feel. An interesting play, a bit more than a period piece it was written in the early sbut not truly compelling. Me, you, and books. Although she certainly succeeds in distinguishing Eulalie’s speech from the other characters, it is perhaps in her attempt to portray American-English that Aidoo is least successful.

Language and orality both occupy an important position in Aidoo’s work and in this sense her writing constitutes an important contribution to debates surrounding African literature. Ato, the scholar, is highly regarded for his accomplishments, but there are also expectations on him now, and it is difficult to balance them with wilful Eulalie’s needs and desires.

The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa are plays that deal with conflict of cultures personal vrs community within the extended African family. I think a richer experience would be had by a reader with some understanding of the friction between Africans and African Americans on the point of slavery, but even without that background the writing is beautiful and the literary merit obvious.

His language is fairly callow and often has a tone of lecturing. You are commenting using your WordPress.