IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 11, November 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Aathira Ajay Kumar
This essay traces the functions language and narration play in expressing an individual’s or a society’s collective experience of the world, the real outside world and the inner world(s) of his/its own consciousness in Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English. On one level I look at the ‘rotten English’ as an attempt to conceive, make peace with and communicate an experience which Mene, the central narrator, or the people of Dukana cannot comprehend. On another level, the lawlessness and the ‘uninhibited’ nature of language are read as the reflection of the consciousness of the narrator, tormented by the chaos of the external world. The essay closely studies the problematic nature of language that creates a need to develop a model/mode of expression that can be built upon something that is already known, the native language. It also analyses the narrative’s personal aspect attached to the language which results in a psychological story-telling technique or a mode of narrating an individual’s attempt to deal with the strangeness of his environment and his imaginary audience.