Political and Social Satire as Reflected in Bewketu Seyum's Enqilf Ena Edmie and Berari Kiteloch

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Addis Ababa University


This paper examines Bewketu Seyum's satiric and comic treatment of various social and political issues in his prose works, Enqilf ena Edmie (Sleep and Age) and Berari Kiteloch (Winged Leaves).The author of these literary works critically presents different issues through humorous ways. The targets of his criticism include political leaders, scholars, taxi drivers, government institutions, and aspects of human behavior. Thus, the study has attempted to analyze the satiric as well as comic elements that reflect the follies, vices, wrongdoings, and erroneous practices the author aimed at criticizing. In this thesis, the writer has attempted to discuss the major features, characteristics, and techniques of satire. In addition, the prominent natures of comedy as well as the purposes of satire and comedy have been presented to establish a theoretical framework for the analysis. Accordingly, the researcher has made an effort to show Bewketu Seyum's utilization of satire and comedy for the purpose of social and political criticism. The analysis of Enqilf ena Edmie (Sleep and Age) and Berari Kiteloch (Winged Leaves) highlights that Bewketu launches an elaborate satiric and comic attack on many aspects of human behavior as well as the erroneous practices of political leaders and government institutions. His social and political criticisms against individuals, political figures and institutions have been supported with numerous examples from the texts. This part of the study also reveals Bewketu's interesting mix of humor and criticism as fundamental literary devices toward a form of social or political criticism. Hence, the satiric and comic elements Bewketu employed in these literary works reflect his concern for the betterment of social values, political practices, and several aspects of human behavior.



Political and Social