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Analysis Of Women Of Owu Novel

The play centres on the aftermath of the destruction of the city of
Owu. The combined forces of Ijebu, Ife, and Oyo mercenaries invaded
the city for seven years. Erelu, the queen of Owu in company of the
noble women of Owu lament and bewail the destruction of Owu. As the
women under the leadership of Erule lament their ordeal, curse their
captors and become pessimistic about their future, somewhere, the
goddess, Lawumi, discusses with her son, Anlugbua the condition of
Owu. She blames Owu for being insensitive of history. They attacked,
sold and breached the law hence, the invasion siege and destruction.

The generals, after the destruction and ruin, settle in their camp to
discuss the sharing of their mouthpiece. As they discuss, Gesinde
arrives to announce that generals have been advised by Balogun Derin
to crush the head of that child so as to preserve their own bright
future. Gesinde arrives and orders the women to get ready for a
Caravan to depart out of the rui<!--more-->ned Owu city. In the
process, Erelu becomes possessed by the god Anlugbua who judges the
people for their disloyalty and accepts the women plea and remorse.
She dies on the Owu soil.

THEMES:
(1) The roles of gods in the affair of the living
(2) Revenge
(3) Love and Reconciliation

CHARACTERIZATION:
(1) Erelu, though, intelligent and emotional. In her deep emotions,
she cursed the allied forces and predicted that they won't return home
peacefully. Erelu is fearless and defiant even in the midst of defeat.
She is a loving mother. Erelu likes to shift blames, instead of
blaming herself for nursing her child Djumo to manhood and maturity
She rather blamed the woman they captured and separated her from the
real husband and gave Dejumo to marry.
(2) Gesinde is thorough in his information. We see Gesinde as a
cool-headed soldier who eschews violence and bitterness in the pursuit
of his vocation. We can appreciate his good nature character when he
permits the women to spend a brief time with Erelu in her soil before
joining the Caravan. We can now appreciate the obiquitous character of
Gesinde, his humility, humane desposition, dignity and intelligence as
a soldier and devotion to duty
(3) The women of Owu at first act as information officers. They give
the details of the ruins as they discuss with their ancestral god,
Anlugbua. The women in most cases act as advisers. They advise the
Anlugbua who they mistake for a strange old man to flee the scene,
else the soldiers will slay him because they do not spare males
whether young or old. They are mourners who constantly lament the ruin
of their city and ill-motive of freedom the allied forces give. The
women are undaunted; they attacked even their ancestral gods and
goddesses. They have sharp retentive memory, in a flashback they
recalled the seven years siege and their ordeals.
(4) Anlugbua is the ancestral god of Owu and the guardian of their
destiny. He appeared after the destruction of Owu by the allied
forces, he met the women on their way.<!--more-->

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