WAEC GCE 2020: Literature – In – English ( Obj & Prose ) Answers.




Faceless is set in modern day Accra Ghana and it aims to enlighten its readers on the phenomenon of a street child. They are denied basic rights, they are exploited physically, mentally and sexually. Many end up becoming hardened criminals like Poison or petty ones like Fofo and Ordaley. Worse still, some have irreversible experiences like death as in the cases of Baby .

The society also becomes a victim of the phenomenon as young talents are wasted, criminalized and made torturers of innocents – as it happens in the case of Fofo trying to rob Kabria. Some of the parents and guardians of these children are left to be plagued by their guilt.

The novel opens our eyes to some of the courses of streetism among young ones. One of which are; parental irresponsibility – a prime example is Maa Tsuru. She can be said to be the architects of her children misfortunes. Other causes are poverty, faulty beliefs, ignorance, absentee fathers and irresponsibility.


(Number 3)

The son of Segi and grandson of Yaremi. He is a hardworking child and worthy companion of Yaremi. He helps Yaremi in her taffeta business and likes listening to her stories. He is a healthy child who likes playing football. Woye insists on going to school so that he can read the letters of the alphabet like his mates.


Alani is Yaremi’s son who lived in the city. He hardly came to the village having taken to city life. In other words Uncle Deyo, a friend of Yaremi’s husband comes and shows Alani the farmlands of his father which has been left untended since his death. According to uncle Deyo, ‘It is the duty of the son to look after his father’s property. When fire burns, it succeeds itself with wood ash. Despite all this Alani is not moved. The next day, he approaches his mother, Yaremi and explains to her that he cannot stay in the village to tend any farm. He has a booming carpentry business in the city which he wants to face squarely in a bid to marry ‘a pretty city girl’ who is now heavy with pregnancy and to also take his mother to his home in the city in the end. After this explanation, Alani leaves two loaves of bread, a tin of corned beef and a large size custard for his mother and departs. Yaremi bursts into tears.


( Number 6 )

Max says that there are millions more like Bigger and that, if change does not come, these conditions could lead to another civil war. He says he knows the court does not have the power to rectify hundreds of years of wrongs in one day, but that it can at least show that it recognizes that there is a problem. Prison, he says, would be a step up for Bigger. Though Bigger would be known only as a number in prison, he would at least have an identity there. Finally, Max argues that the court cannot kill Bigger because it has never actually recognized that he exists. He urges the court to give Bigger life. Bigger does not entirely understand Max’s speech, but is proud that Max has worked so hard to save him.



(Number 7)

Hippolita’s inability to bear more children spurs Manfred to act in ways that ultimately destroy himself and his legacy. However, though Hippolita is the ostensibly sterile character being discarded by her husband, it is her husband’s perspective and failure to recognize the power of the women in his life that comes to light to be the true fault in the character—and ensures his loss of an heir much more completely than Hippolita possibly could.

At the beginning of the novel, it is made clear to the reader that Conrad, before he is crushed to death by a supernatural helmet, is Manfred’s only hope for continuing his lineage. There is also a prophecy (Manfred knows about it, but the reader does not at first) corroborating Manfred’s viewpoint as well. The prophecy says his rule over Otranto will end when there is no longer a male heir to take over. Meanwhile, also at the outset of the narrative, it is made clear that Manfred sees no value whatsoever in his daughter Matilda. It never occurs to him that she could be of value until Frederic, Marquis of Vicenza, shows up and Hippolita thinks of the idea of matching Frederic with Matilda and solving all of their problems by joining the two disputing families. When Manfred kills Matilda near the end of the novel, he kills the daughter, not the son, who could have saved him from ruin and brought male heirs. Matilda is long dead to Manfred before he kills her, so it is redundant when he kills her. His blindness to her—and all women’s—value is represented in his killing her.


Updated: January 29, 2020 — 9:12 pm


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