The prejudices made by the Europeans are evident throughout Conrad’s novel, however, two books have counteracted that idea and tried to prove the well developed society that exists all over Africa. Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton and Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, both focus on debunking the stereotypes of Africa. Paton and Achebe both explore the concept that Africa does have culture but are slowly losing it due to the settlement of whites. However, Paton implements the idea of white savior complex which is the idea that only whites can help the blacks regain establishment. As Conrad creates the atmosphere that Africa is seen as limited, in contrast, Paton and Achebe criticize it by... Joseph Conrad primarily perceives the westerners’ attitudes towards Africans similarly like most Europeans who believe they are higher and more developed.
Many stereotypes of African culture have emerged due to western literature and media and first hand accounts of explorers. Things Fall Apart offers a view into the truth and reality of African cultures, which are often misconceptualized by these stereotypes. Acebe shows how African society functions well without assistance from foreign travelers. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe counters the imperialist stereotypes of Africa by keeping certain words in the Igbo language, as opposed to translating them into English, to fight back against the spreading western culture and to embrace their own way of life. He also counters the imperialist stereotypes of Africa by using Igbo proverbs to show how their culture values many of the same things that western
In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, Achebe, through his utilization of rhetorical questions, word choice that show the weakness and strength of the Igbo verses the European people, and the title’s symbolism to the novel as a whole, is able to illustrate the differences between the European colonialists and the Igbo society that caused their inability to communicate, which led to a state of desperation, and eventually resulted in the damage of the Igbo society. Achebe is able to emphasize how deeply the Igbo society was affected through cultural and societal transformations due to the colonization of the Europeans. In part three of the book, the main character Okonkwo and his friend, Obierika, have a conversation concerning what has
Kareem Mansour IB1 HL English Mr. Key Blindness and Lack of Morality Joseph Conrad’s s novel “Heart of Darkness” portrays an abominable image of Africa that is outlined with darkness, gloominess and inhumanity. At Conrad’s time, the idea of exploration and colonization was flourishing. The phenomenon of exploration and expedition of the unknown has influenced Joseph Conrad’s views as he wrote the “Heart of Darkness”. Colonialism was known to be the norm, and not many people saw anything amiss. From a European point of view, the natural next step of any powerful European nation’s political agenda is embarking on voyages of exploration and colonialism.
The Conquest of the Igbo Tribe by the Simple-Minded White Imperialists Prior to the arrival of European colonialists in Africa, the people who inhabited various regions of the continent had their own rich, distinct cultures, in which they thrived on their own. Things Fall Apart is the story of the British arrival to one of these tribes in Nigeria, and how their forthcoming brings death to that community. The Igbo tribe’s polytheistic religion is essential to the culture in this novel, and the coming of British Imperialists who force their monotheistic religion and culture upon this tribe holds culpability for the deterioration of such a community. The Igbo tribe in Things Fall Apart thrived with its own civilization, customs and rich culture. Aside from the music, dancing, food, and society that brought the Igbo people together, the Igbo people’s religion brought the community together.
These came in the guise of bringing ‘civilization’ and ‘religion’ to the ‘barbarians’ in the land. Even when experience suggested that these aboriginals were civilized and religious in their own right the impression did not change, moreover the Europeans were also considered barbarians from the natives. The natives did their best to defend their culture and civilization from these intruders, but they could only hold up for so long, they were over powered by the Europeans, sold as slaves and deployed to build what is now known as today’s western
Güven claims that “their silence can be interpreted as silent defiance against the European colonialism” (86), but he ignores the fact that Conrad – a European, a white man – made them silent. Silence could mean defiance only if the decision was made by the African people
Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart in order to educate people of African culture and lessen the idea of otherness. Achebe wrote the book to show that African communities are not uncivilized like the people in the “civilized” societies believe. Achebe combats the stereotype that Africa was uncivilized and eliminates the idea of otherness by describing how the Igbo culture works, through the use of language, and by using biblical references. Achebe combats the stereotype that African societies are uncivilized by showing what life is like in Umuofia. Achebe shows that the people of Umuofia are peaceful which can be seen in the process that occurs before they go to war.After a woman from Umuofia was killed in the neighboring community of Mbiano Umuofia fixed the conflict peacefully instead of going to war.
Feminist Theory In Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”, they recognize the life of the Igbos which are a tribe in the village of Umuofia during European colonization. There are many topics brought up in this book like the effects of colonization, culture and tradition, religion, race, etc. It is relatively easy to read “Things Fall Apart” as an anti-feminist text due to the face that the Igbo clan’s customs and traditions seem to side towards masculine features, such as power and strength. The novel is told through a male protagonist’s point of view in nineteenth century Nigeria, while women there do not have much rights, they do wield heavy influence over the leaders of the clan. In the villages of Umuofia, men are seen as more imperious and well respected while females are portrayed as weak.
And so when Achebe argues that Marlow is just a tool for Conrad to communicate his racist comments indirectly, he omits the fact that Marlow finds the act of his own people to be morally wrong. Marlow disapproves of European presence in Africa seeing how this “conquest of the earth … mostly means taking it away from those who have different complexion or slightly fatter noses” (Conrad & Walker, 1981, p. 8). If Achebe were to look past the unpleasant descriptions of the native Africans, then he would see that the novel is actually an attack on imperialism,