Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1198 Words Mar 4th, 2016 5 Pages
The Flop of Perspective

Throughout history, the perspective most often taught is that of the “winner”. When looking at all cases of colonization, the same holds true, and the colonists view on the subject is the most often told. These colonists have portrayed the people of Africa as savages and people without pasts and personalities, yet they characterize themselves as very deep people with long histories. Yet, when taking a deeper look into the actuality and the extreme biases, a different, much more tragic and true story appears. Here enters Chinua Achebe, a writer from Nigeria. In his novel, Things Fall Apart, a different world view is shown, and the loss of a culture and lives becomes apparent. In an argument against the constant bias in modern textbooks, Achebe characterizes the people of the Igbo, a culture in Nigeria, as people with round personalities, long histories, and in depth cultures, and he flips the script by characterizing the colonists and missionaries as having no character themselves with flat personalities, short histories, and rude characters. Through the use of characterization, Achebe gives the people of the Igbo society histories and round personalities. In the first two parts of the book, Achebe directly and indirectly characterizes the people of Nigeria and gives them histories and long pasts. In the first few chapters specifically, he characterizes Okonkwo to give him a round personality and a deep history. “He had no patience with unsuccessful…

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