The Sacrificial Egg

Topics: Western culture, Culture, Village Pages: 3 (1056 words) Published: May 17, 2005
Chinua Achebe's short story "The sacrificial Egg" illustrates the life of a young African native Julius Obi, and the arising conflicts between two cultures. This short story takes place in a very small village in Africa, called Umuru in the mid 1900's. This young African Native, although no native of Umuru finds himself trapped between his own culture, beliefs and the westernized culture. Although Julius has embraced the western culture, after certain events he eventually finds himself coming back to his own beliefs. Achebe, uses these two very different cultures to demonstrate the clash it produces in this young men's life and, how no matter how hard he has embraced the western culture he was always going to go back to his own beliefs.

The small African village in this story has being taken over by the western culture. Westernization is shown in the beginning of the story. "Julius Obi sat gazing at his typewriter." "There was an empty basket on the giant weighing machine." In these two quotes the typewriter and the weighing machine, odd objects for the African native of this village show perfectly how this town has being westernized. "Julius Obi was not a native of Umuru. He had come like countless others from some bush village island. Having passed his Standard Six in a mission school he had come to Umuru to work as a clerk in the offices of the powerful European trading company …"This quote shows how Julius has himself being westernized. Westernization wasn't welcomed by many of the Umuru natives. The natives had long prayed for their town to prosper and grow. "The strangers who came to Umuru came for the trade and money, not in search of duties to perform…" This shows that people who now came to town, came strictly for business and money, which tells the reader how the town isn't what it used to be. "And as if it did not suffice, the young sons and daughters of Umuru soil, encouraged by schools and churches were behaving no better than the strangers....
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