The most impressive of these conflicts is conflict between people, and more importantly, conflict with people’s spirituality. which has been fueling discourse and decision making since the beginning of human time, and furthermore, human history. In Friedrich Nietzsche’s essay, “The Genealogy of Morals,” he made countless provocative, liberal statements which exemplified his ideals and pessimism and a lack of faith in organized religion. This is spurred on by his background, tracing back to his parents traditional Lutheran roots, which they attempted to press upon Nietzsche. This led him to push those ideas away, and seeking his own answers to religion and philosophy, seeming to lead into a disillusionment with religion, and a
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.
According to Afigbo (1966) & Uchendu (1965) the British Colonial Administration did not understand the political systems of the Igbos unlike those in the Northern and western parts of Nigeria where dictatorial rulership were in the hands of a few -as a result, these parts of Nigeria had powerful chiefs-; the British colonial administration "(...) naively concluded that the Igbo were living in "ordered anarchy"(Uchendu 1965, p.46). Therefore, the British colonial administration appointed people and called them chiefs. Afigbo (1966) & Nwabueze (1963) (cited by Uchendu 1965) were of the opinion that those who were handpicked as Warrant chief were not in earnest credible men who were indigenous rulers –though in some case credible men emerged. Nwabueze (1963) (cited by Uchendu 1965, p.47) argued that "the people who were appointed warrant chiefs were "those who impressed the District Commissioner with their courage to come forward and meet the Europeans. The traditional rulers seldom passed this test, and so were, for the most part, left out".
Purple Hibiscus is set in post-colonial Nigeria- where incidentally Adichie grew up- in a time of government, economic, and social struggle, after the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Nigerian-Biafran War. “Military men would always overthrow one another, because they could, because they were all power drunk” (24) illustrates the internal governmental struggle in Nigeria during this book and a result of the “bloody coups of the sixties” (24). Nigeria is industrialized due to colonization of the British (Hurst) and is shown to be true as Papa owns a factory and newspaper branch known as “the Standard” (24). The industrialization of Nigeria is a direct effect from the colonization of Africa during the majority of the twentieth century. The colonization and the independence of Nigeria from Britain in 1960 led to an “ethnic tension in
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “patriarchy” as “a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.” This system of power is clearly evident in Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, as published in 2013 and the author uses the character of Eugene and references to the Catholic Church and Nigerian government to depict the effect of the patriarchy (Stobie, 2010). However, in this essay the writer will prove that Adichie also uses the seemingly weak character of Beatrice to comment on the maniacal hold the misuse of patriarchal power can have on victims. The writer will primarily use characterisation to analyse the text and to show that Beatrice is a subordinate and submitting character, trapped by her husband’s abuse. The extract (as given from pages 10 to 11 of Purple Hibiscus) is set early in the text. In fact, it is the climatic event with which the novel opens and which introduces Eugene’s violent behaviour.
Throughout the Elizabethan era, Christianity played a pivotal role in the development of government and support (or lack thereof) of individuals. The Puritans attempted to close theaters, and, according to scholar R. Balfour Daniels “sought to circumscribe life and hold it in with a stern and austere restraint” (Daniels, 41). Additionally, Elizabethan England had three contradictory and competing forms of Christianity. The Anglican Church, also known as Protestantism, was used in government and the official religion of the Queen, and any who criticized it were often killed. Puritans opposed the Protestants, and Catholics, the more traditional sect, was practiced by a significant minority (Raffel, 38-39).
As Marlow goes deeper into the heart of the continent, Conrad’s depiction of Africa is infused with a sense of fear loathing and abomination coupled with a sense that there is some dire evil at work; a malevolent force that carries out the acts of inhumanity. Illustrations of Joseph Conrad’s don’t only focus on Africa as a continent but also carries on the physical and mental characterization of the natives. The author describes Marlow’s first encounter with an African ceremony as, “a burst of yells, a whirl of black limbs, a mass of hands clapping, of feet stamping, of bodies swaying, of eyes rolling” (Joseph 57). Joseph Conrad goes portrays Marlow’s reaction to this somewhat bewildering frenzy of the natives “as sane men would be before an enthusiastic outbreak in a madhouse” (Joseph 58). Conrad’s description of these people shows them as deranged, frenzied, and intense feverish savages, not an image any modern day western writer would dare to warm up to.
Jehovah Witnesses blame people that rashly end their children . Jehovah Witnesses in like manner decay to appreciate wars since they are not in the Battle of Armageddon . Most things that all Americans do nowadays are confined from the Jehovah
The title again places the ideas of religion and violence directly next to each other, drawing a link between violence and religion and how they function together in this novel. The reader asks who is this god that is being broken? The novel suggests that it is the power of Eugene that has been broken. The reader associates Eugene with a god as the people worship him as a god. This is ironic as Eugene wants nothing to do with the pagan beliefs of his past, so much so that he has nothing to do with his father who worships
In Nigeria, they do not follow either Catholic or Nigerian culture. The population arrives along with several conflicts between traditional and imported language. The issues of national identity crisis overwhelms among the writers of African Literature and media. The writers of Africa take advantage of their