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NECO GCE 2014/15 Literature Drama & Poetry Answers Available Here

(10)
majority of the words used in
the poem belong to the social
sciences. words such as
poverty, economy , power,
ambassador, dollars,patriot,political foes,
patronage,wealth,
constituencies, destitution,
loot and peculiar words of
the political economist. these
and other sounding words are meant to reflect the
subject matter.

(5)
Shaw’s play Arms and the
Man is a romantic comedy
that satirizes idealized notions of love and war. At the
beginning of the play, Raina
is betrothed to Sergius; a
soldier in the Bulgarian army.
He is handsome, well-to-do,
upper class; all that Raina’s family expects her husband
to be.
However, it is Bluntschli, the
mercenary soldier who hides
in her room, that convinces
her that not only are Raina’s ideas of war unrealistic and
impractical, but also her ideas
of love are false. Raina falls
for the more practical,
experienced Bluntschli.
Raina’s love for Bluntschli portrays Shaw’s idea of class
distinctions. In matters of
love, social class should not
be a factor. At the end of the
play, Sergia is to marry Louka,
Raina’s servant. Again, Shaw emphasizes that it is
important to follow one’s
heart in matters of love, not
social or familial expectations.

(4.)
Theme of war:
Owu was a city-state in the
south of current
Nigeria which was under siege
for seven years by the combined armies
of Ijebu and
Ife, as well as mercenaries
recruited from
the Oyo refugees.
The city was attacked under the guise of
liberating a market from their
control but in
the end all men and children
were
murdered, women were taken as slaves,
and the city was burned to the
ground.
The war was aggrevated
because of Maye
Okunade’s wife Iyunloye who was married
to the accursed Prince
Adejumo.
Maye was angry and
determined to destroy
the whole male lineage of Owu becos of his
wife. Okunade was never a
soldier, he was
an artist, bestowed with skills
from Obatala
himself before rage made him take to
arms.
Women of Owu re-enacts the
bitter and
gory historical experiences of
the people of the then Owu Kingdom which
happened
sometimes around 1821. What
is shown in
this play is the aftermath
experiences of war, the defeat and the
accompanying
sorrow and pangs of the
survivors who are
women of nobility and beauty.


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