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  • Who Is Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart?

    Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is often considered to be the “father of modern African literature” (Alam, 102). He grew up in a time when Africans first began to challenge the power of the European colonists and their intrusion into African life (Sadeghi, 49), which is reflected in his first novel Things Fall Apart. A recurring theme in Achebe’s works is the representation of native African cultures and values before, during and after the colonial era. According to Achebe, “African peoples did…

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  • Leadership In Ken Kesey's One Flew Over The Cuckoo

    When should rebellion be used, and why should it be used? Why is it necessary to rebel against authority? When someone is in an authoritative position, it is very likely for them to be absorbed in their power, and thus, abusing it in a way that annoys their subordinates, at best. In other cases of abused power in history, people in powerful positions have exploited their power so that the people under their rule have been lied to, spied on, manipulated, and deprived of their most basic rights.…

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  • Okonkwo Anti Hero

    In the novel ,Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, the protagonist Okonkwo had many challenges throughout his entire whole life. The many ups and downs Okonkwo had, labeled Okonkwo as an anti-hero. Okonkwo definitely wasn’t perfect but his intentions were good. An anti-hero is someone who does good and solves problems but lacks the characteristics of a stereotypical hero. Okonkwo displayed solutions of a hero but his plan towards those solutions showed him to be an anti-hero. Okonkwo’s…

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  • Okonkwo Culture Analysis

    community lives their lives as their customs and culture dictate they should. When others of diverging schools of thought come in to change that established culture; people get defensive. Beyond this, the very fabric of their society begins to crumble. Okonkwo was very passionate about his beliefs on power, leadership, and the ways of his people, because he grew in a society that shaped every aspect of who he became. When this society dissolved under the weight of imposing European culture, his…

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  • Strengths And Weaknesses Of Okonkwo

    1. Okonkwo is physically large with a severe looking face. Okonkwo was loud and quick to use his fists as when he got angry he couldn’t get his words out fast enough. Okonkwo didn’t like people who were unsuccessful and weak. He was a powerful leader, who wasn’t afraid of war or conflict. Okonkwo was a hard worker and successful farmer. He is a perfect Igbo hero as he’s a controlling leader, who is fearless when it comes to taking action. Okonkwo’s character traits and successes made him a…

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  • Self-Will In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Obi Okonkwo, the once upon a time ‘prodigal son’, is in many ways the reason for his own downfall. He is seen by the reader as a wasteful, self-absorbed young man who acts runs away from his problems. Achebe reveals that Obi doesn’t have right values. Along with his own wants, Obi values image and Clara above all else. Achebe first reveals this when Obi refuses to study law in England, which is what Umofian people – who taxed themselves heavily to give Obi this opportunity – needed. Rather, by…

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  • Tom Buchanan In The Great Gatsby

    In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Buchanan is seen as the antagonist in the book. Throughout the book readers get frustrated with this man and why nothing bad ever happens to him, but to the people who are associated with him. Tom Buchanan is an egotistical, unfaithful, and hateful man. Tom is known for his egotistical personality. He is selfish, vain, and overall a bad guy. Throughout the book, he makes references to himself and how great he is. For example, when Tom says, “I've…

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  • Symbolism In Houseboy By Ferdinand Oyono

    Written Assignment "How does Ferdinand Oyono use symbolic devices to illustrate the character development of the main character, Toundi, in Houseboy?" With aspiration towards material and his fascination of the white man's world, during the French colonisation of Cameroon in the 1950's, Toundi Ondoua escapes his home and starts to reject native upbringing to be part of the white man's world. mad'. As Toundi, the protagonist of Ferdinand Oyono's novel Houseboy goes to discover his fascination of…

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  • Wole Soyinka Analysis

    Acknowledged as one of the foremost living playwrights of the world, Wole Soyinka is the first African Nobel laureate who was awarded the covetous Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. As a playwright, Wole Soyinka has basically operated within two categories – the tragic and the satiric.Although the dramatic form itself and the Western generic categories are Western import, Soyinka has injected fresh energies into every genre by the incorporation of traditional Yoruba elements. Soyinka’s dramas…

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  • The Father In Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

    Uniform- The uniform his father wears for his job is a symbol of his father’s dignity, as well as Gregor’s changing feelings of pity and respect for him. Throughout the story, his father is shown primarily from Gregor’s point of view. We gain from him a picture of his father as a lazy and miserable man whom Gregor feels sorry for but not necessarily respects. But when Gregor runs out of his and sees his father for the first time in weeks, Gregor’s opinion of the father changes. This shift is…

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