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  • The Father Of Modern African Literature, By Nadine Achebe

    Chinua Achebe was considered one of the greatest African writers of modern fictional literature during his life. He had been called “the father of modern African literature” by Nadine Gordimer and had been credited with “inaugurating the modern African novel.” His works have been critically acclaimed for years, but to truly understand his literature, one must understand his life story. He or she must also look at his background, professional life and education, and the strange stories and…

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  • Wolstonecraft's Portrayal Of Women In South African Literature

    growth of the South African economy and created tremendous amount of wealth for the white South African minority. A significant amount of this wealth was generated from South Africa’s vast gold mines that were all owned by whites. To make these mining houses practical and lucrative there needed to be a great hoard of inexpensive and replaceable labor; which was perfect because the white minority had an endless supply of cheap labor. The Africans. Given the fact that the Africans made of the…

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  • Perseverance In Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet On The Western Front

    Annotated Bibliography Broome, Barbara A. “Perseverance.” Journal Of Cultural Diversity, vol. 19, no. 3, 2012, pp.71. Academic Search Complete. e28117c3-d519-4ac1-9590 Erich Maria Remarque shows a great deal of perseverance in his writing of All Quiet on the Western Front. Broome says, “Consider for a moment the perseverance of the author Dr. Suess. His first children's book was rejected by twenty-three publishers.” Dr. Suess would…

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  • Gender Roles And Gender In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

    how certain customs are associated with each of them. The powerful personalities of the unique characters such as Ezinma, Ekwefi, and Nwoye, and the way that they reach out of their gender stereotypes is one of the main reasons that this piece of literature was so entertaining to read. While Ezinma and Nwoye’s actions and mindsets make them different from other children of the same gender, Ekwefi’s interests and mentality set her apart from other women as well. Achebe proves through these…

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  • Stereotypes In Nervous Conditions By Tsitsi Dangarembga

    Only a short while ago did the world figure out how devastating colonialism was; to the land, and the people who inhabit it. We hear a lot of stereotypes about the natives of Africa pertaining to cleanliness and intelligence. Nervous Conditions a “coming of age” novel by Tsitsi Dangarembga challenges these stereotypes with the story of two young girls. Though, her family portrays the opposite of these stereotypes it doesn’t mean that it comes without problems. We see a lot of psychological…

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  • Dramatic Irony In Oedipus Rex Essay

    There are a lot of plays that have irony. A Greek play called Oedipus have all types of irony. The author of the play Oedipus uses dramatic, situational, and verbal irony in his play. This play is about a man named Oedipus who becomes a king by killing his father which he was not aware of, later he marries his mother. This is a famous play because people all over the world have read this amazing play. First, One of the irony in the play Oedipus is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when we…

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  • Things Fall Apart Fear Essay

    Fear As a Theme Fear is a popular theme that is used in all forms of literature. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart he uses fear as a recurring theme. This theme appears throughout the book in several different situations and for several different reasons, which demonstrates that fear has more than one form and more than one cause. Fear is a very important aspect of Things Fall Apart and of life. Two instances in which Chinua Achebe develops fear as a theme are when he establishes…

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  • Who Is Okonkwo In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    The book “Things Fall Apart” tells a story of a man, Okonkwo who was very well respected in his clan called the Umuofia clan from an Ibo village in Nigeria. Okonkwo comes from a father called Unoka who was a laughing stock throughout the entire village, and died leaving many debts unpaid. Becoming his father is something that Okonkwo never wants for himself or his twelve year old son. Okonkwo falls from a place of high respect in his village and this book follows his story. It also tells of how…

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  • Femininity In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    In Umuofia, a city in the novel Things Fall Apart, masculinity is highly regarded as a moral. It’s comparable with words such as courage and power, and with just about any other quality that proves a person in being self-reliant. Actually, it’s considered an insult if a man is called an agbala, a woman. In the novel it says, “no matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children he was not really a man”. There is a sharp contrast between femininity and…

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  • Identity And Culture Essay

    population, yet they are doomed to fail due to their insistence on attempting to run the country according to preexisting patterns. It also explores the climate of misgovernance, opportunism and alienation which marks the phase, using the fictitious West African state of Kangan as the focus. It also prescribes radical reformism to the related issues of identity and…

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