Chinua Achebe's Heart Of Darkness

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Following the ‘canon’ novel, Heart of Darkness, a wide range of misinterpretations of Africans were established by Westerners. Some Westerners, those without any direct ethnic background, actually believed Heart of Darkness’ author, Joseph Conrad, when he described the Africans as “black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees, leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth, half coming out, half effaced within the dim light, in all the attitudes of pain, abandonment, and despair.” Author Chinua Achebe made it his mission to develop a novel that would show the beauty of the cultural ideals and the people of Africa. Through Things Fall Apart, Achebe would not debunk Conrad’s descriptions by focusing solely on the positive aspects as there cannot be life without hardships and controversial acts; he would go on to undermine the beauty of Africa and its people through the truth. As providing an ‘exclusive’ insight to what the African culture truly brought forth; the plot took little importance, while the culture and all its intensities was the main focus. In order to clearly show that intensity while making it a comprehendable read for Westerners, Achebe had to be meticulous about how he would achieve this newfound perspective for the foreign readers. Achebe was able to portray the African culture through his use of proverbs, narration, similes. Proverbs are ubiquitious in Achebe’s novel and as they creep around in every paragraph, proverbs must be important to
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