“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.
The theory of Magic bullet concept will be examined in this research paper. This theory is an old media communication emerge since 1930 's, which is recently challenged based on its relevance and scholar’s opinion along with the critics, assumptions, and application of Magic Bullet theory which as well as known as “hypodermic Needle”. The Media Effect by Consent is a communication model proposed by Dr. Muhammad Kabir Yusuf who is the Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication and Dr. Abdullahi Liman who is Associate Professor in Department of Political Science at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria in a 2011 publication. This model suggests that many models of communication especially those originate from media effect theories are insufficient. The model argues results ignoring an important aspect of media effect or influence on the audience .Dr.
If Things Fall Apart had been written is a different time, how and why might it differ? Chinua Achebe, the author of the post-colonial novel Things Fall Apart, founded a Nigerian literary movement which wrote about the traditional oral culture of its indigenous peoples in the 1950’s. Achebe sought to convey understanding of this culture in response to novels, such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which portray native Africans as primitive, socially backward and language-less. In his novel, Achebe shatters the stereotypical European litera-ture in which Africans are described as primitive and mindless savages. "The writer cannot be excused from the task of re-education and regeneration that must be done.
For example, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who receives Commonwealth Prize for Literature for her first novel Purple Hibiscus also receives Orange Prize for her same novel and for her Half of a Yellow Sun. She follows tradition like Chinua Achebe, also targets issues of social and political issues directly or indirectly of the status of Nigeria. However, her Half of a Yellow sun speaks the most direct attack of Nigeria and Biafra war. Her Purple Hibiscus shows the impact of colonization of Nigeria. It visualizes the facts of ethnic tensions and political imbalance and the fear of racial injustice and cultural identity and power supremacy among the people as well as rulers.
Have you ever read a novel about African cultures and traditions from African point of view? The novel Things Fall Apart, a tragedy by Chinua Achebe, centers on one tragic hero in Igbo village of Umuofia in Nigeria and the effects of European arrival on his life and Igbo clan. Throughout the novel, Achebe introduces Igbo customs to the reader by creating several occurrences and how they react on them to claim that the Igbo is civilized before the Europeans arrive. The significant difference between Igbo and Western cultures is the way wisdom is passed on: Igbo oral traditions transmit values and knowledge orally by allegorical tales, while Western literary traditions educate people through generations by written texts, just like the novel itself. Even though these two traditions seem unlike, they have the same purpose of warning and teaching lessons to the audience, and together they serve an important effect of exposing distinct cultural traditions around the world to the reader.
Isaiah Okafo Achebe and Janet Anaenechi Iloegbunam his parents. Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. Achebe 's novels approach a variety of themes. In his early writing, a depiction of the Igbo culture itself is paramount. Critic Nahem Yousaf highlights the importance of these depictions: as it is "Around the tragic stories of Okonkwo and Ezeulu, Achebe sets about textualising Igbo cultural identity".
Abstract: Chinua Achebe, the recipient of Man Booker International Prize,2007, has one interest which is to be responsible to the fate or destiny of his people and society. Achebe as an African writer, his writing especially novels portray the various colors and texture of the post-colonial African reality. Observations such as socio-psychological impacts influence the author and so the literature. Hence, the post-colonial literature is described in The Empire Writes Back, as "what each of these literatures has in common beyond their special and distinctive regional characteristics is that they emerged in their present form out of the experience of colonization and asserted themselves by foregrounding the tension with the imperial power and by emphasizing their difference from the assumptions of the imperial center. It is this which makes them distinctively post-colonial".
Introduction “I wrote this novel because I wanted to write about love and war, because I grew up in the shadow of Biafra, because I wanted to engage with my history in order to make sense of my present, because many of the issues that led to the war remain unsolved in Nigeria today.” When asked about the initiation of writing Half of a yellow sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said like that. Set in Nigeria during the 1960s, the narrative alternates between the optimistic early years of the decade and the brutal civil war period at the end of it, which shows the significant changes witnessed in the decade. With her extraordinary narration skill, Adichie succeeded in bringing her people's world to us and presenting multi-issues in cultural, social, as well as political terms. There are many ways to look at this book: it is a story about love and war; a history about
When African writers cannot adequately express African socio-cultural reality in a European language, they resort to the use of indigenous words and expressions.”(1996) Chinua Achebe expresses his concern about his failure in expressing his African experience through the use of pure English. He prefers a new variety of English – ‘still in communion with its ancestral home but altered to suit its new surroundings.’ (1965, 62) Vassanji has extensively used native words and expressions to substantiate the characters’ authentic ethnicity and cultural
2. Comparison of Purpose 2.1. Achebe: To Denounce Heart of Darkness Chinua Achebe is considered as the man who redefined our way of reading Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Indeed, while focusing on the description of Africa and its people, the Nigerian writer laid serious charges against it for its racist stereotypes and highlighted the colonizer’s oppression on the natives. In truth, even after thirty-four years of his first delivered public lecture “An image of Africa”, excoriating the book, he spoke again against it in an interview with Robert Siegel where it seems that, for him, the novella is the product of “a seductive writer and who could pull his reader into the fray.” Thus, he wanted to disclose the truth about its hidden intentions so that the reader would not be fooled by its tricky writing style.