The Heroine’s Monomyth: A Study of Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde

Authors

  • Portia Siaw Oppong Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Philomena Ama Okyeso Yeboah Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • James Gyimah Manu Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Charity Azumi Issaka Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15642/NOBEL.2023.14.2.133-148

Keywords:

African literature, myth, heroine, Kehinde, hero's journey

Abstract

Classical and African myths and legends recognize and acknowledge male heroes. The male’s role as protector and keeper of the traditions and cultures of the society accords him the opportunity to embark on heroic journeys. The female’s role as caretaker of the family and the home makes her more docile. Using a close textual analysis on the content of Emecheta’s Kehinde, from the perspective of the Hero’s Journey (Campbell, 1968), the researchers bring to bear the heroic capabilities of females. The paper asserts that Emecheta fashions the protagonist’s journey in a series of departures that help her obtain the ultimate boon. Kehinde’s journey highlights the idea of racial discrimination, patriarchal and cultural shackles, freedom, identity as well as self-love. The paper concludes that the heroine undergoes a non-lineal and unpredictable journey to attain self-discovery, growth, and development.

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Author Biographies

Portia Siaw Oppong, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Portia Siaw Oppong is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

 

Philomena Ama Okyeso Yeboah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Philomena Ama Okyeso Yeboah is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

 

James Gyimah Manu, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

James Gyimah Manu is a Lecturer at the Department of English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

 

Charity Azumi Issaka, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Charity Azumi Issaka is a Lecturer at the Department of English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

 

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Published

2023-10-31

How to Cite

Oppong, P. S., Yeboah, P. A. O., Gyimah Manu, J., & Issaka, C. A. (2023). The Heroine’s Monomyth: A Study of Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde. NOBEL: Journal of Literature and Language Teaching, 14(2), 133–148. https://doi.org/10.15642/NOBEL.2023.14.2.133-148