Peace, Gender Equity and Literacy:A Critical Analysis of J.P.Clark’s The Wives’ Revolt
Ameh, Josephine 0.
Department ofEnglish and Literary Studies,
College of Education, Katsiiui-Ala, Benue State
Bulya, Onyema N.
Department of English and Literary Studies,
College of Education, Katrina-Ala. Benue State
This paper analyses .lRCarkIs The wives ‘revolt ‘So as to establish that sustainable peace is rooted in literacy and gender equity. Through a critical analysis of the conflicts around which the play is built and their resolutions, this paper takes its stand that literacy of the Nigerian citizenry is very imperative if peace is to be sustained in the society a few literate men in a patriarchal community take advantage of rural women 3’ illiteracy to marginalize, oppress, exploit, and dehumanize them, women are provoked to react. It takes a literate culture to change the beliefs and the thinking of men that have helped to create and sustain the practice of gender inequity in homes and public life In applying the play to Nigerian society: the poor and the oppressed people constitute the feminine gender while the affluent and oppressors constitute the masculine gender So long as the masculine gender continues to benefit alone/ram our common resources on behalf of the feminine gender, the country will continue to sit on potential gun powder. Clark employs this dramatic medium to suggest that the drawing boards in terms not negotiating sustainable peace in Nigeria are literacy and gender equity.
Key wants: Peace, Literacy. Gender: Equity, Conflict