"Things Fall Apart" Critical Response

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Achebe Critical Response

Throughout the interview with Achebe, there were many ideas that were discussed pertaining to world’s past and present. The the ideas that were discussed were African thoughts, colonization, slavery and power. How Africans and African societies are minorities in the world and need leadership to flourish. How colonization is justified because of the greater power that other countries posses. Many of the topics discussed in the interview were also touched upon in Achebe’s book “When Things Fall Apart”.

The first idea that was discussed in the interview was colonization and what the book “When Things Fall Apart” means to different people around the world. The fact that people from different countries came into new and different places and took over without permission. In the beginning, Achebe did not intend the book to have connections to history, Achebe was describing the colonization of his tribe from his point of view, as the colonized rather than the colonizers. This connected not with only people and tribes in Africa, this was happening all around the world and many different people and cultures can relate to the situation of being colonized. After Achebe wrote the book, he “learned something, which was that [different people] had a history that was similar to the story, the history of colonization” (Achebe). Achebe states that there are different forms of dispossession. There are many ways that people can be deprived of their needs and taken over completely. Colonization relates to the the book “When Things Fall Apart” because they both include foreign people coming into a different area and upsetting society and disturbing the social order. Foreigners changed everything that held them together and things fell apart. Their way of life changed and forced to follow something different. Keeping all of this in mind, some people and countries have still not healed fully from the heavy blows of colonization in...
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