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Exploring the way Efua Sutherland portrays Ananse in The Marriage of Anansewa, showing its significance in the play

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Name: Abraham Yeh Grade: 10b School: Tema International School Course code: English literature 0486/2 Focus: Exploring the way Efua Sutherland portrays Ananse in The Marriage of Anansewa, showing its significance in the play Date: 1st February, 2006 Efua Sutherland's hilarious and interesting play, The Marriage of Anansewa, is a about a Ananse's cunning arrangements for his daughter's marriage, at the same time, using the bride prices to turn round his financial difficulties. I intend to explore how Efua T. Sutherland portrays his character and its significance in the play. Efua Sutherland first portrays Ananse as cunning and deceitful person when he deceives his daughter into typing letters that she did not know was for her own marriage in Act 1. We can note how Ananse succeeds in convincing Anansewa in typing for him whiles she wants to go out. He intentionally complains about the world and hardships in life in order to make her feel sad and eventually agree to type. ...read more.


She portrays Ananse's character by showing how he relates other characters in the play. We see how he pretends to weep and talk about how he feels about the burning of the farm, just to make his mother and aunt leave him. He could be seen as fellow who is always planning his next step. This could be seen when he intentionally makes the outdooring festival for Anansewa, to show to the chiefs how "ready" she is whiles he knows that he is only going to let her marry "chief-who-is chief". This is significant to the play because the play develops upon his character (he is the main character), therefore, without his spontaneous plans, the story line would not be able to lead smoothly and hilariously from one to another. Probably, the master plan of Ananse is the one Sutherland succeeds most in portraying his cunning character. ...read more.


This is seen in act 1 when he asks Anansewa, "Will I be able to go to memorial services this week in a fine cloth, next week in a suit or a different cloth? Will I be able, if I go, to thrust my hand confidently into my pocket in public and take out a five-guinea donation?". We could see that he would like to go to church if he had money but would rather stay at home because he does not so that he is not seen as a poor man. Personally, I think that Ananse is a character in the play, which makes me like him. His cunning and deceitfulness is not intentional done, but is forced to act as such because of the environment around him. He creates the suspense in the story and makes the story hilarious with his cunning. This play would not be memorable as it is if he were not present in it. Word count: 777 ...read more.

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