Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1036 Words Apr 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Nigerian Stories on European Colonialism The colonization of the African continent that began in the late 19th century has attracted scholars from many different backgrounds to voice their ideas on its ultimate effects on the African people. The accoladed Nigerian scholar Chinua Achebe and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have both been a part of such conversation. Both Achebe and Adichie wrote stories that stressed how the European invaders did not save a primitive group of people, but rather disrupted a complex and intricate collection of Africans that had established laws and customs. Both writers stories, Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” and Adichie’s “The Headstrong Historian” were influenced by the time periods that they were in at the conception of their works, both talk in depth on the effects that the colonialists and missionaries had on Nigeria, and the complementary gender roles that were ingrained in Nigerian Ibo culture. Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” was greatly influenced by his upbringing and the unique position that he found himself in during the writing process. Achebe was born in Nigeria 1930 to a protestant missionary and was afforded a quality primary and college education. This distinctive advantage afforded him the ability to study how the Europeans portrayed the indigenous African population, and the popular opinion of the time time was that the Africans were backwards heathens and blessed to be colonized. Achebe thought very differently…

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