The Danger Of A Single Story Analysis

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“The Danger of a Single Story,” a TED Talk message by Chimamanda Adichie, talks about how a singular story creates stereotypes and these stereotypes are deceptive, especially when that one story becomes the main story. Throughout “The Danger of a Single Story,” Adichie express some personal stories of people assuming things about her because she came from Nigeria. In specifics, she talks about how a roommate wanted to here her “tribal” music but was “very disappointed when [Adichie] produced [her] tape of Mariah Carey” (Adichie 86). Her roommate decided that because Adichie came from Africa, that she would only know of these “tribal” songs and it not being the same music that the roommate would also listen to. Adichie also voices how the roommate was shocked that she could speak English, even though English is the official language in Nigeria. Adichie goes on to explain her roommate 's thoughts by stating, “My roommate had a single story of Africa: a single story of catastrophe. In this single story, there was no possibility of Africans being similar to her in any way, no possibility of feelings more complex than pity, no possibility of a connection as human equals” (Adichie 86-87).…show more content…
As seen in chapters one to three, Okonkwo is a very powerful/angered man, driven by hatred and fear, but it appears that he will defend his village throughout this story as European colonization takes over. The Ibo tribe itself is very strong and powerful, to the point where other tribes are very scared of them. So, when European colonization begins, it can be predicted that the Ibo tribe and Okonkwo won’t put up with the foreigners taking over, but based on history, the Europeans will use enough force to take over. Throughout “Things Fall Apart,” Achebe will prompt how the Ibo culture is different in ways of the society lived in
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