THE UNIVERSALITY OF SILENCE PHENOMENON: A PRAGMATICIST STUDY OF CHUKWUEMEKA IKE’S CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE

Published: JUNE 2021

Author(s):

Augustine N. Nkume

About Author(s):

Bingham University

New – Karu, Nasawara

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Abstract

This paper takes a look at how the linguistic phenomenon, ‘silence’, is practiced in societies worldwide in relation to another social phenomenon, ‘fatherlessness’, which is practiced in parts of Igboland. The author of the novel, Conspiracy of Silence, noticed that the social malaise, ‘fatherlessness’ exists in Igboland and nobody says anything about it, or seems to take note of its existence. His novel therefore gives the primary voice to the ‘silence’ and serves as a protest for its abolition. This paper gives the nature of ‘fatherlessness’ as indicated in the novel, as well as in the world in general. It also shows some of the manifestations of the evil phenomenon as illustrated in the novel. The partners who are participants or supporters of the evil act are identified in the paper. Through the paper much of the social evil have been brought to light. This paper serves as a secondary step in the protest for the abolition of the social menace.

Keywords: Fatherlessness, silence, protest, trauma, abolition