Social Resistance In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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The term resistance is an umbrella term. It has many types under it. The first type is political resistance which means is any activity raises against a particular policy or regime which affects on citizen or community (Roberts 11). On one hand, Afua Cooper (1957- ) argues that social resistance is an action that attempts to change particular circumstances relating to a corrupted society. On the other hand, Walter Scott (1771-1832) defines social resistance as any action by a subordinate member in order to revolt against a superior member. It can be associated with gender, class or race (Scott 40).

There is another type of resistance which is ideological resistance. Karl Marx (1818-1883) believes that the ruling class dominates the
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He tackles many ideas such as colonialism, feminism and the importance of cross-cultural contact. Achebe in his Things Fall Apart tries to illustrate true nature of Africa. Moreover, Achebe's unique style forces the reader unconsciously to think that he is really in Africa. Achebe's novel attacks the stereotypical European portraits of native Africans. On one hand, Achebe uses his protagonist, Okonkwo, to resist against change that colonists bring with them. On the other hand, Achebe uses many characters such as Okonkwo, Obierika, Ezinma and Ekwefi to reflect different opinions related to gender. Many critics note that Umofian society is similar to ancient Greek civilization. Some point out that Greece was influenced by Africa and that the democratic system has taken place in Africa first, and then it moved to Greece. The colonizers may not recognize it, but the readers of Achebe's book can see this system. Achebe illustrates how Umofian nation is culturally superior to the British invaders. But there is one major problem with that idea. "By circumscribing Achebe's book within European aesthetic traditions, such readings are in danger of perpetuating precisely the colonialist gestures that the book is designed to surmount" (Booker

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