THE HERO, BARACK OBAMA, AND HIS UNIQUENESS: A STUDY OF THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

  • Ogechukwu A. Ikediugwu University of Nigeria

Abstract

The essay establishes that Barack Obama’s uniqueness and admiration lies in his manner of approach to the people and the enthusiasm with which he discharges his political responsibilities. The theories of heroism and racism are employed in the analysis of the text, The Audacity of Hope. The essay notes Obama’s endearing commitment to the well-being of the masses: he identifies with the masses, brings himself to their level, visits both the urban rich and the rural poor, holds meetings with them, identifies their problems and tries to solve them to the best of his ability. His political career does not interfere with his emotional attachment to his wife and children. His sagacity, boldness and political acumen win him the American presidency. His victories in politics help to break racism to a reasonable extent and restore the hope, confidence and pride of the black race. Obama is a black hero and a model character. The method of research is qualitative – critical reading and interpretation of the primary text and using the library and internet sources to support or refute the arguments raised in the essay.

  

Key words: Heroism, unique, actions, masses, racism, black, white and America.

Author Biography

Ogechukwu A. Ikediugwu, University of Nigeria

Ogechukwu A. Ikediugwu, a lecturer in the Department of English and Literature, University of Benin, Nigeria, holds a B.A. (Education/English) University of Nigeria, Nsukka; an M.A. (Literature in English), University of Benin, and a Ph.D (English/Literature), University of Benin, Nigeria. She has many publications in reputable international, national and local journals. She is the author of the book, Retributive Justice in Fiction: African Prose in Analysis published in Germany by Lambert Academic  Publishing, 2015.

Published
2019-05-17
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1998-1279