Dead Men 's Path By Chinua Achebe Essay

1352 Words Aug 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Chinua Achebe once said, “As a child, […] you automatically identified with the good people, with the missionaries […] because that 's the way the story was arranged. Now, the moment you realize that you were […] of the party of the savages […] that 's the moment when you knew that a new story had to be written.” Growing up in Nigeria as the British Empire put its territories through a bleaching process, removing any forms of religion, culture, and thought that diverged from their own British values, Achebe knew that in order to stay relevant as an African author, he would need to get political and write realistic representations of his world. In his short story, “Dead Men’s Path,” we see a historical accuracy within his characters, representing those indigenous peoples of Nigeria who were forcibly assimilated, such as Michael Obi, symbols like the path that represent not only the differences between religious beliefs, but also create division within race, and themes that highlight the battle between modernization and tribalism of the 1950s and continue to this day.
Within Achebe’s character, Michael Obi, we see a grand example of a Nigerian man who has assimilated into the white imperialism culture he has subscribed to, such as when he states, “I was thinking what a grand opportunity we’ve got at last to show these people how a school should be run” (Achebe 10). Obi shows his enthusiasm for the job early on, as he condemned “the narrow views of these older and often…

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