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

No Longer At Ease By Chinua Achebe

1996 words - 8 pages

Chinua Achebe is one of the established author in Nigeria and all over the world at large. In this book, Achebe shows us how corruption has shaped the lives and behaviour of the Nigerian society from colonial era to present independence.
“No Longer at Ease” is a book that talks about corruption and the way it affects people. It even goes as far to talk about the traditional life, cultural behaviour and the activities of the Nigerian society. “Corruption”, is the swindling behaviour of virtuous people in the society and country at large.
The protagonist, Obi Okonkwo is a very intelligent and well brought up young man. He is from a Christian background. Due to his outstanding performance in school, he was offered a scholarship to study in England by the Umuofia Progressive Union of his state in Nigeria. Although Obi got the scholarship, he had to pay back the money on his completion of school and his return back from England. During his four years in England, he ended up dating a lady called Clara who was a nurse and also a Nigerian. Obi is someone who detests corruption and does not want to have anything to do with it. He works on the Scholarship Board of the Civil Service.
In my argument, I want to talk about how corruption is generally accepted by the Nigerian society and how it transformed Obi to be a part of such practice. For instance, when Obi was travelling back to his village from England for the first time, they were stopped by two policemen. Suddenly, the driver’s mate immediately got down and approached them with money to buy them off. There and then, Obi turned to look at them and the policeman felt so uncomfortable that he did not want to risk his life and so he refused to take the money from the mate. Due to this action, instead of the normal two shillings they ended up paying 10 shillings to the policemen. This made the driver so mad at Obi that he did not even utter a word to him on their way to Umuofia. The women in the car also diverted their conversation from talking about women to talking about men. They made a mockery of Obi that he began feeling bad and guilty, making him regret interfering in the matter. This shows that the Nigerian society do not care about corruption and bribery. They do not have any problem with it and see nothing wrong with it. Even those in high authorities who are suppose to make sure things like this do not happen are also much part of it. Because of this, the society do not see why they should not also involve themselves in that kind of practice since even the government are part of such act, so therefore the people tend to see it as something normal.
Another evidence to show that the people of Nigeria leave in corruption is when Obi went for his first interview at the Public Service Commission. Obi had already attained favour in the eyes of the board for his impressive performance before he got so upset due to a question a member of the board asked him about bribery....

Find Another Essay On No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

No Longer at Ease Essay

1438 words - 6 pages No Longer at Ease is an interesting book. While it has its negatives, the way this book was written and the deeper meaning to be found once you look closer into the book outweigh said negatives. In the book No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe, morals are tested and eventually lost. The author places the main character, Obi Okonkwo, into many financial struggles and tests his idea of being an incorruptible person. Eventually Obi falls to the

Spaces affected by Colonialism. A study on Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease

2163 words - 9 pages “Who am I”. This dilemma of the native and the thirst to “reclaim the past” stated by Frantz Fanon could be seen in the magnum opus of Chinua Achebe’s No Longer at Ease. This paper largely deals with the implication of culture and the notion of nation in the creation of Identity and the Identity crisis which takes place as these elements are disturbed and which is aggravated in heart of the colonized when they are “half baked” in the western

Chinua Achebe's novel is no longer at ease ,Tittle with the content

1178 words - 5 pages ASSIGNMENT: 1With close reference to the text,it shows that no longer at ease is an appropriate title for Chinua Achebe s' novel, No longer at ease.No longer at ease is the story about Obi Okonkwo and his parents who are against of Obis' marriage to the outcaste girl, Clara.The title suggested something obvious- someone once felt uncomfortable and unease . In this assignment I am going to outline how the title of the Novel is appropriate to the

No Longer At Ease: Obi’s Journey to Corruption

1322 words - 6 pages Though losing all hope leads to desperate measures, No Longer At Ease explores the outcome of disastrous choices. This depicts the scenario for Obiajlo Okonkwo, otherwise known as Obi, in this book written by Chinua Achebe. This book starts with the ending and works its way backwards. At the beginning, a trial against Obi is held in Nigeria for accepting a bribe. The book then goes on to recede to how Obi took the bribe. Obi is a 26 year old

The Sacred in Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease

2676 words - 11 pages possession and revised definition of "the sacred."  In the novel No Longer At Ease, one begins to see the serious implications of displaced ownership and ambiguous definition of sacred objects and rites.         Masking as Achebe portrayed in Things Fall Apart supported traditional perceptions of the relationship between society and the sacred; therefore, the implementation of masking as obscured by colonialism presented a unique

Dialog to the book "No longer at ease"

687 words - 3 pages ,what is this important thing that has brought you toUmofia?Obi:Ok the problem is that I have met a girl,her name is Clara.We met at a dance then on the boat-trip back from England .We fell in love and now we want to marry each other,but there is aslight problem.Clara is an Osu,but in my eyes she is the most beautiful woman inthe world,she is like the sun in a sunset and a moon in the night,there is always light shining from her.It`s not a fare world

Chinua Achebe, "Things Fall Apart" Looking at the first two chapters of the novel Things Fall Apart, explain how Achebe develops Unoka as a foil for Okonkwo

633 words - 3 pages Looking at the first two chapters of the novel Things Fall Apart, explain how Achebe develops Unoka as a foil for Okonkwo.A foil is literally a sheet of bright metal that is placed under a piece of jewellery to increase its brilliance. In literature, by extension, the term is applied to any person or sometimes thing that through strong contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another. The first 44 pages set up two

"Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe

1433 words - 6 pages "Civil Peace" is a short story which was written in the 20th century by Chinua Achebe. Nigeria was torn apart by a civil war, and currently in Nigeria the country is united after the bloody war. The author tries to encourage his native Nigerian people with a short story that is filled with optimism. Chinua Achebe's short story can be analyzed in regard to the three important literary elements which are characterization, tone, and

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

1767 words - 7 pages and a good life. Then he deviates from the norms of the society, and now his Chi says “nay”. It is not the Chi to blame, but rather Okonkwo’s actions After his exile, Okonkwo’s view on his Chi changes drastically. For the first part of the story, his Chi is good and success comes to him in tenfold. He throws the Cat at age 18, bringing honor to his clan (Achebe 3). Later in life, his prosperity is apparent by his many wives and large farm

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

1105 words - 4 pages Umuofia is a village in Africa, and the inhabitants there are usually united. However, when the Christians arrive and permeate the village, the clan changes but also falls apart. The novel in which this story takes place is called Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The story is about a well-respected man named Okonkwo who has three wives and many children, the oldest being Nwoye. Okonkwo is banished for seven years from Umuofia, and during

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

1126 words - 5 pages ; instead it is the exact opposite. This quote makes it clear that women create most of the crops and although they are not considered “manly crops” there is no doubt that without those crops food would be a lot scarcer. In fact the women do most of the work: According to United Nations statistics women in rural Africa (where at least 70 percent of the population lives) do 75 percent of the weeding, 60 percent of the harvesting and 85 percent of

Similar Essays

No Longer At Ease By Chinua Achebe

1256 words - 5 pages readers to figure out. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease, (Canada: Anchor Canada, 2010, ©1960). Works Cited Achebe, No Longer at Ease, p. 83 Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease, (Canada: Anchor Canada, 2010, © 1960), blurb. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe Review by: Ben Mkapa Transition , No. 3 (Jan., 1962) , p. 36 Published by: Indiana University Press on behalf of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Article Stable URL:

"No Longer At Ease" By Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer

1866 words - 7 pages "Culture Shock" that young Obi Okonkwo must have experienced in the novel "No Longer at Ease". In each novel there is conflict both with peers and with Europeans. Inside these scenes of "life as usual" in Nigeria there are also moral questions embedded in the text. Chineua Achebe himself claims he wants us to answer for ourselves.At the time of Achebe's birth in 1930 Nigeria was experiencing tremendous unrest. The people of Nigeria were beginning to

Summary Of African Novel, No Longer At Ease By Chinua Achebe

1151 words - 5 pages reveals to readers that the class that Clara belongs to, is probably the lowest possible class. After Clara breaks the news to him, Obi says to his friend Joseph" I am going to marry her.". He says this in full confidence though it is against his tradition. Achebe makes Obi say this so that it seems as if the fact that Clara is an outcast does not bother him at all. With the help of Clara's character traits, Achebe is able to project the character

No Longer At Ease Essay

767 words - 3 pages and becomes one of many bribe-taking officials that he formerly despised, leading to a tragic end. In many ways, No Longer at Ease reflects upon the problems facing much of Africa today, corruption and tradition conflicting with progress. The western world may condemn their rampant corruption as Obi first did but it is at the bottom of a spiral of other problems. Chinua Achebe continues to use his characteristically simple style evident