This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Compare And Contrast Essay: Things Fall Apart And Joys Of Motherhood

650 words - 3 pages

In both Things Fall Apart and The Joys of Motherhood, it is illustrated that the "modernization" that the British brought to Nigeria was not progress. Modernization is not something that can just be imposed and occur overnight; it must run its own course. The British tried to impress their customs onto Nigeria and considered it modernization. When Great Britain finally did pull out of Nigeria, they left it in much worse condition then when they entered it.In both Things Fall Apart and The Joys of Motherhood, the culture of the Ibo people is extremely lively and complex before the British enter Nigeria. There is an intricate social structure that gives every single person a specific role and duty. There is a rigid, unwritten code of conduct for every single aspect of life in Ibuza and Umofia. The British viewed these rural Nigerian tribes as primitive uneducated savages. The foreign occupiers felt that their customs and inventions were superior to those of their Nigerian counterparts, so they considered changes that they imposed as modernization.Both Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta show that modernization cannot be forced onto a group of people; it should be a natural process. The Ibos are a people that have great pride and have a complicated society. At the beginning of both novels, the authors portray many of the intricacies of the Ibo culture and how they were a successful people with rich customs. The British came to Nigeria and were able to force their ways of life onto the many peoples of the country because of their superior weaponry. The colonialists established their justice system in Nigeria and held the Natives accountable to their laws: "'We have a court of law where we judge cases and administer justice as it is done in my home country under a great Queen'" (Achebe 178). They changed many deep routed values of the Nigerians: "To regard a woman who is...

Find Another Essay On Compare and Contrast Essay: Things Fall Apart and Joys of Motherhood

Things Fall Apart Essay

1308 words - 6 pages traditional and unique people, who are people just like everyone else. Achebe is able to describe the Igbo people as people who make mistakes but can learn and always adapt their culture and that sometimes tradition is something that means a lot to some of the people of Umuofia. In “Things Fall Apart”, Achebe is able to help the readers imagine the culture of Umuofia, and the characters represented in the story. Achebe is able to help Africans

"Things Fall Apart" Essay

824 words - 3 pages Book: "Things Fall Apart"Author: Chinua Achebe.Text:In the novel "Things Fall Apart", by Chinua Achebe, the protagonist, Okonkwo, encounters many problems in his struggle to become the leader of the clan. But is he able to fully overcome these problems? His son is Christian, he beats his wives, he kills a clansman, and murders his own adopted son, Ikemefuna. The question is whether Okonkwo is really causing his own problems, or whether he is

Things Fall Apart Essay

858 words - 4 pages In the novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, a cultural clash between Ibo culture and Western culture was assessed through fictional literature. Several characters reacted to this in their unique ways, either by accepting or rejecting European beliefs. However, the character Okonkwo, a proud, strong and well respected warrior in the Igbo Society had a significant reaction to the new culture. When the new, western culture comes to Igbo

Things Fall Apart Thesis Statements and Essay Topics

602 words - 2 pages Things Fall Apart Thesis Statements and Essay Topics 00 Below you will find three outstanding thesis statements / paper topics for "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe that can be used as essay starters. All five incorporate at least one of the themes found in "Things Fall Apart" and are broad enough so that it will be easy to find textual support, yet narrow enough to provide a focused clear thesis statement. These thesis statements for "Things

Essay on themes in Things Fall Apart and Second Coming

864 words - 3 pages , responded similarly to Achebe during World War II by writing the "Second Coming".   Yeats wrote his poem in response to the rise of fascism and communism which threatened to destroy Europe. Yeats believed that history revolved in two thousand-year cycles. The end of the cycles resulted in chaos and destruction. Much like "Things Fall Apart", "The Second Coming" addresses the idea of balance, interdependence, individualism, and community

Compare and Contrast The Relationships Between Okonkwo and his children to My father and me (Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe)

741 words - 3 pages In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo plays the role of father to his son, Nwoye, and his daughter, Ezinma. Okonkwo's fear of looking weak like his father, which can be interpreted as his tragic flaw, causes him to expect more from both of his children and to act rashly, similar to the behavior of my father. Although both relationships—the relationship between Okonkwo and his son and the relationship between my father and I

Comparing and Contrasting Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness

1244 words - 5 pages Acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel, Things Fall Apart, is a story about Okonkwo, a man from the fictional village of Umuofia. Okonkwo’s attempt to form an idealized self-identity and the stress he experiences in living up to its image wears his life, and eventually destroys the very identity he so desperately sought. Okonkwo’s end is analogous to the end of his tribe and its culture—Achebe refers to the Igbo peoples’ culture

Colonialism and Beyond Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness

3429 words - 14 pages Colonialism and Beyond Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness   My entire education has taken place in the United States of America. It has consisted of public school, college, and graduate school. I only had one teacher during my public school career who wasn't white. I had a female African-American English teacher when I was in Junior High School. The student body of my junior high school was over ninety-percent black, yet

Essay on Images of Africans in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness

1281 words - 5 pages Images of Africans in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness   In my reading of Things Fall Apart, it has better informed me of a culture that I did not know of before, and by reading it helped correct some broad misconceptions that I previously held of the people and their cultures of Africa. Reading the novel also gave me another perspective on the effects of imperialism/colonialism by the Europeans on the Africans. I believe

Things fall apart : the role of men and women

1708 words - 7 pages most meaningful cultural aspects of existence in Igbo communities" (Osei-Nyame 7). While the joys of motherhood and wifedom are boundless, ones entire state of being, conscious and happiness cannot and must not come solely from the titles of wife and mother.While many may argue that the underlying role of woman in Igbo communities is vastly important and appreciated subtly the text of Things Fall Apart seems to dispute and contradict that theory at

things fall apart exple essay

655 words - 3 pages An old adage says you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. (attention grabber) The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe focuses on one Nigerian family that is dealing with a changing culture. (background) How a person interacts with family can reveal a lot about a person's personality. (controlling idea) Okonkwo's relationship with his family shows both the negative and positive aspects of his character. (thesis

Similar Essays

Compare And Contrast Okonkwo And Unoka (Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe)

2035 words - 8 pages is because of Unoka’s failure that causes Okonkwo to possess a personality very different from him, “he was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death”. However, Unoka is not all bad and Okonkwo is not all different from his father. The fear of resemble his father has controlled the way he behaves, but deep inside him, he is gentle and fragile.Bibliographies: Things fall apart - Chinua Achebe

Heart Of Darkness And Things Fall Apart

3782 words - 15 pages My interest in Joseph Conrad is centered around understanding what brought him to the Congo and how the events that transpired there influenced his attitudes in Heart of Darkness. I also wanted to gain a greater understanding of the historical events that led to the colonization of the Congo. This interest is basically grounded in the fact that prior to my exposure to Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart, I knew virtually nothing about

Analysis And Evaluation Of "Things Fall Apart"

1218 words - 5 pages I. Summary"Things Fall Apart" tells the story of the life of the main character, Okonkwo, from an outside narrator. There are different spatial setting throughout the story including Iguedo and Mbanta while the temporal setting is at the turn of the 19th century. In the beginning of the story Okonkwo was one of them most respected men of his tribe and was constantly moving up the social ladder yearning to join the lords of the tribe. However

Essay "Things Fall Apart

743 words - 3 pages Essay-“Things Fall Apart” The breakdown of African society has been steadily increasing through the last century and still continues to fall apart today as western civilization looks to extend it’s way of life. There is striking similarities between the book “Things Fall Apart” written by Chinua Achebe and the poem “The Second Coming” written by William Butler Yeats, that is concerning the demise in some respect of the African culture. The two