Things Fall Apart

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Chinua Achebe’s first novel focuses on the early period of colonialism in Nigeria, beginning with the initial influence of the British. “Things Fall Apart” written by Chinua Achebe, was published in 1958. Achebe extraordinarily portrays the impact of a Europeans on the way of life in an Eastern Nigerian village. “Chinua Achebe creates … a coherent picture of coherence being lost, of the tragic consequences of the African-European collision (Culross “Chinua”).” In “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe relays an indigenous perspective of European imperialism. Achebe uses his vivid imagery and symbolism as a guide to portray the post colonialism transitions of the African society. “Post Colonialism is the social, political, economic, and cultural practices which arise in response and resistance to colonialism (“post colonialism”).” In some cases of the postcolonial theory, resistance became a major concept. Resistance in many colonized countries leads to the new ideas of “human freedom (“Some Issues”, 1)”. This independeant ideology had never been an issue before. Many cultures became a hybrid, an “integration of cultural signs and practices from the colonizing and the colonized countries (“Some Issues, 4).” “Post colonial literature is often self-consciously a literature of otherness and resistance, and is written out of the specific local experience (“Some Issues, 7).” Nigerian literature before colonization was past along thru oral traditions. Oral literature required skilled artists to chant lengthy tales that were about their history and genealogy. In Bade Ajuwon’s article, “Oral and Written Literature in Nigeria,” he explains: Pre-literate Nigeria once enjoyed a verbal art civilization which, at its high point, was warmly patronized by traditional rulers and the general public. At a period when writing was unknown, the oral medium served the people as a bank for the preservation of their ancient experiences and beliefs. Much of the evidence...
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