A Sociological Study of Class and Gender Oppression in Akachi Adimora – Ezeigbo’s HANDS THAT CRUSH STONE


  • Musiliat Ozavize Usman-Umar Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria.


Drama, Gender, Class, Oppression, Widows, Women, Liberation.


Widows in Nigerian society face a number of cultural taboos and practices which are overwhelmingly oppressive and dehumanizing. In Nigeria, such practices include; wearing black material, staying indoors, shaving of hair, not bathing, not plaiting hair, not being allowed to eat, made to swear with her husband’s corpse or drink from the water used in washing the deceased husband’s body. Drama is a powerful tool that has been used over the years to influence society and their negative perception of women. As a tool for social transformation, the play stirs in the mind of the readers, the need for a positive change in the society. This study is descriptive and analytical hence it employs sociological theory to examine class and gender oppression and the struggle for women's liberation in the society.


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