Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Heart Of Darkness

1529 Words Dec 14th, 2014 7 Pages
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” (The Second Coming) Chinua Achebe used his deep interest in Nigerian cultures to write an accurate depiction of African cultures in response to novels such as “Heart of Darkness” which wrongly portrays Africa as a primordial and cultureless addition to Europe. Furthermore, the novel follows a respected leader of Umuofia through his lifetime 10 years after his father died. Subtle distinctions in the way Achebe writes his book are going to be thoroughly analyzed and given purpose as one reads further on. Alternatively, a slew of characters within this book intimately depicts the culture of Africa. By building compelling and dynamic characters, Achebe informs the western reader of nuances in the African culture. To begin, the first character to introduce is none other than Okonkwo, a man of high respect throughout Umuofia. He has a daughter, Ezinma, whom he cherishes. “‘No that is a boy’s job.’ Okonkwo was especially fond of Ezinma.” (Pg. 59) Additionally, he displays his love for her throughout the book, as well as his displeasure for the fact that she is a girl. “‘But I can tell you, Obierika, that my children do not resemble me [...] if Ezinma would have been a boy I would have been happier. She has the right spirit.’” (Pg. 46) Also, due to the nuances of the African culture, Okonkwo respects Ezinma but…

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