Contradiction and its Manifestations in Arrow of God

Uchechukwu Evelyn Madu


For many years, scholars have inexhaustibly studied Arrow of God in relation to pride, over-ambition, extreme conservatism and fear. In addition to these dimensions already studied, this paper examines Arrow of God as a text that thrives in ambiguity, which accrues from the contradictory and dynamic portrayal of characters and events in the text. Characters and events turn out to be the opposite of what they are initially depicted as, and this ultimately makes the text thought-provoking. This paper studies how contradictions are creatively interwoven to sustain the suspense of the text and how they, as well, contribute to the tragic development of the text.

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