None of the other clan members gathered were willing to kill the other messengers, scared of the consequences. Although, it is quite ironic at the end of the novel that Okonkwo kills himself. All throughout the book, Okonkwo emphasizes the importance of not presenting himself as weak, fearful he may mimic his father. However, the colonization process completely destroys him representing the psychological effects colonization has on the
Okonkwo is a man who is so established in Igbo tradition that he finds anyone who doesn’t follow it to the point that he does as weak and almost effeminate. Upon the arrival of the Europeans and their missionaries, Okonkwo sees change happening in great strides around him such as the bringing of the new religion and he takes an almost “too late to go back now” approach. He is too rooted in tradition to accept the change willingly so he tries to fight it. He kills a missionary but learns that his community no longer supports him, and that he’s lost respect from the clan, this is when he realizes the futility of his actions and that change will come either way. We see the destructivity of this change in the end of the book when he takes his own life because he is unwilling to leave his culture and traditions behind.
That is my plea. That is as far as I am prepared to go” (51). Based on his reaction of the hearing, it represents that David is not willing to apologize to Melanie, even if he feels guilt about his behaviors; because his superiority of being a white man is not allowed him to apologize to a black girl. However, when the Africans begin to get rid of the dominance of European countries, the social status of white men in South Africa is decreasing gradually. For example, the boyfriend of Melanie is brave to inform against the scandal of David, even if he is a white man.
In it Achebe points out: “Students of Heart of Darkness will often tell you that Conrad is concerned not so much of Africa as with the deterioration of one European mind caused by solitude and sickness … that the point of the story is to ridicule Europe’s civilising mission of Africa.” In this statement Achebe’s is referring to Kurtz. Kurtz like all other Europeans believed that he came to Africa to civilize the African people. However what Kurtz didn’t know was that he too would become just as uncivilised as he thought the African people were. Essentially ‘’Africa is merely a setting for the disintegration of Mr Kurtz (Achebe;
This lack of consideration of the Igbo and their well-being from the Europeans further creates the drift that exists between the two cultures and drives them further apart from where they first started. It also raises the question of the intelligence of the white missionaries. How could a civilised and educated group of individuals who do not give themselves time to learn Igbo culture turn around and call Igbo uncivilised and uneducated? They certainly appear uncivilised and uneducated even though they claim to be. This is contradictory to
The family, whether they realized it or not, were contributing to the ignorant ideals of the white man 's burden. They had originally came to the Congo to Christianize the African villagers, which overall was a political and social tactic to control the continent through imperialism. In this book, the author includes many different perspectives of this concept, including points of view from the common villagers, Nathan, the daughters, and even figures such as the Kilanga chief, Tata Ndu. Although Kingsolver doesn 't write chapters from these people 's points of view, their opinions and attitudes towards the Price family and the notion of the “white man’s burden” are presented clear enough for the reader to understand the effects of imperialism. All of family members have different opinions on what they see in the Congo, therefore they are all contributing to the White Man’s Burden in differing
This will not be easy, since censorship is prevalent in South Africa when Apartheid was in effect. Many voices resisting Apartheid, even the voices of the African National Congress, are silenced by the government in the manner illustrated in A Dry White Season. Indeed, even the author of A Dry White Season, André Brink, had “two of his novels [...] [including] A Dry White Season, [banned] in South Africa”(About the Author). Applying Brink’s experiences to the narrator, it is quite possible that his work will also be banned. If so, then his work will not have the social impact that is required to successfully clear Gordon’s
The novel, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe talks about post colonial life of Nigerian society and transformation by the Europeans. In the novel, things fall apart for the lead character Okonkwo, who was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness. Okonkwo was a man of action and a war, he was not afraid of war but all his life was dominated by this one fear of being unsuccessful and lazy like his father. So, he lived a life completely opposite to which his father lived. In this story we get an exclusive view of fear, masculinity, family, missionaries and racism.
Since the society has been classified according to the races, whites believe that they should not have any normal relationship with other races, because white people consider the other races as less human. They believe that the only relationship they with the other people from different races is the master-servant relationship which is common in Africa. The Afrikaners have to serve the white without complaining of the work or the treatment they receive from their masters. The Afrikaners have no right to protest or complain. The narrator utters this fact: “[w]hen it came to the point, one never had contact with natives, except in the master-servant relationship.
The last stanza also shows his great desire to relearn genuine laughter and smile. When we live with lies, we will always feel a missing part, when we live with lies; we will never feel genuine happiness. Okara born on the year 1921(Okara’s biography) just like all the other Africans suffer the white men’s rule and cruelty, they learned the things they never thought they would learn and the most painful part is they learned to be fake and unhappy because of their traumatic experiences. They live with fear, anger and pain. As a person coming from this scenario that just went out and saw someone so pure and so innocent, all you can do is wish and pray to never have experience such terrible things and to never have learned how to be someone you are not.