Colonialism In Achebe Analysis

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“Representation of Colonialism in Achebe’s fiction: A Study of Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah” ABSTRACT In my study I have explained the representation of colonialism in Achebe’s selected novels- Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah. My dissertation is divided into three chapters. In the Introduction part I have referred to the background of the African history and literature. Against such a backdrop I have written a brief biographical note of the author and traced his responsibility and commitment as a writer for re-constructing the image of African which had been badly distorted and damaged by the colonizers. Twentieth century Africa has witnessed changes of far reaching consequences in all stages of life. Africa,…show more content…
Achebe has given an authentic portrait of the pre-colonial culture of the Ibo life. He shows us many aspects of the pre-colonial cultures and their social organization, economic system, and religious beliefs. The process of colonization involved not only physical occupation of the land and imposition of government, on the colonized place, but also mental colonization. ‘In the colonial context’, Fanon writes; “The settler only ends his work of breaking in the native when the latter admits loudly and intelligibly the supremacy of the white man’s value” (The Wretched of the Earth, 43). In a similar manner we can examine more closely Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, which shows the colonial encounter in Nigeria from the inside. Things Fall Apart is a typical novel that raises the major question of culture and captures the life of Africa through the untold story of the rise and fall of Okonkwo and h is Ibo…show more content…
The damage of indigenous culture, the sufferings and loss of life, can never be measured; and the smoldering resentment of those formerly colonized for having been instilled with a sense of inferiority. As Fanon described it “colonialism was a denial of all culture, history and value outside the colonizer’s frame; in short, ‘a systematic negation of the other person”. In the post-colonial era, we cannot expect to agree with the weight or balance of colonial factors, where we should be able to agree that colonization is a process requiring analysis and interpretation. There is much about its histories that remains obscure, unknown or open to
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