2015 JAMB EXAMINATION REVISION NOTES AND QUESTIONS ON THE LAST DAYS AT FORCADOS HIGH SCHOOL
PLOT/SUMMARY,CHARACTERIZATION,SETTINGS,POINT OF VIEW,THEMES AND TRIVIA BY O.O.ODUMOSU EX-PROPRIETOR,MASON COLLEGE FESTAC TOWN (O8O33010872)
Characters in a novel are agents employed by the author to develop his story. This he does through their actions, comments, thoughts and feelings.
A short novel such as Forcados High may be used by the author to develop a theme (or themes), arouse emotions or appeal to humor. The author’s intention might be to teach, inform, warn, condemn, persuade, criticize, ridicule, inspire, convince or delight his readers.
Characters are usually built up around a subject matter or a group of themes and can be classified as MAJOR or MINOR depending on the roles or significance of the roles apportioned to them.
Sometimes two characters in a novel are in conflict with each other. In other cases the two characters may parallel each other in several ways. Whether they are in conflict or harmony the two characters may reveal each others nature simply by being put into the same novel.
The best way to learn about one character may be to compare and contrast that character with another character in the same novel. This we intend to do for Forcados High.
A character may be FLAT meaning he or she is dominated by a single trait. Another character may be ROUND displaying many different traits some of which may appear as contradictory as we find in Nene. A character may also be STATIC meaning he or she does not change from the beginning of the novel to the end. Another character may be DYNAMIC meaning that he or she changes in some way in the novel.
What is really important are the personality traits which the author uses directly or indirectly to portray his subject-matter or themes.
Major characters are Efua, Jimi , Nene and Wole
Minor characters include:
PARENTS/FAMILY…Mr and Mrs Solade,Femi, Risikat, Mrs Coker, Mrs Moni Alli, Pastor and Mrs Ekpo,
FELLOW STUDENTS…Ansa, Caro (gum-chewing), Jolly, Seyi, Ada, Okoro (gorilla-like), Rhymers, Eze, Bayo, Joke, Tchen Igbo, students of St Catherine’s School.
SCHOOL MANAGEMENT/STAFF/OTHERS…Mr Mallum/Principal, Mrs Obange,Miss Novi,Coachie, Teacher Salami,Teacher Bade (Cane), Mama Silifat etc.
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THE COKER FAMILY & EFUA
The family was made up mainly of Mrs Coker,Efua’s mother and her Aunt Mrs Moni Alli. Efua’s father was referred to but not heard from in the novel.
The picture we had is that of a totally dysfunctional family especially after Efua’s father died and the mother re-married. This we got to know from the following reported incidents
-Mrs Coker was fixated on looking good and making profit from her business than giving any affection to her daughter.
-Efua’s step-brother was brutish to Efua until he travelled out of the country
-Efua’s step-father engaged Efua in sexual misdemeanors until she attacked him with a knife
-Efua reported the step-father to her mother but was given cold shoulders, and suggestion that may be she was the one tempting him! For this her mother kept calling her unprintable names.
-Following the knife attack Efua engineered her expulsion from her girls-only school St Catherine’s in Abuja by Mrs Obange.
-Thereafter she is moved to Lagos to stay with Mrs Alli. Her mother also got her admitted by Forcados High into SS3 which was unusual and not looked at kindly by staff members. Efua opined the monetary endowment by the mother was a bribe that got her in.
-But Efua found it difficult to have a normal relationship especially with the boys in her new school
-Unfortunately her loneliness and state of mind made her keep a diary which was discovered by Nene and mistakenly interpreted as evidence of a lesbian affair with Miss Novi
-After her suspension by the school her mother came with the offer of another indirect bribe. But her reaction to Efua was even worse. She showed no milk of human kindness to her daughter and started lambasting her with more unprintable names even while they were still in a taxi. Above all, when they got to Mrs Alli’s residence she showed no willingness to remonstrate with Efua. She disappeared as she arrived. All ‘touch and go’ as usual.
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