Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Ever since the imperialist age, Africa has been perceived as a type of primitive or uncivilized region. We have been taught and have seen that they are not as modern as our Western world. What do you think would happen when an African author criticizes the work of an old English writer who was known by many as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language? Chinua Achebe, the author of the great African novel, ¨Things Fall Apart¨ argues that Joseph Conrad 's book ¨Heart Of Darkness¨ was a false depiction of Africa and the writing was too racist and made the white race seem superior to the native Africans. The novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe is about the Ibo people and how they have to face the threat of colonization and the white people’s religion which is Christianity. When Achebe portrayed the missionaries and Europeans, he did not make them sound hostile. Originally, they seemed like passive wanderers in an unknown land not planning to cause any trouble. The Ibo people also did not assume they were threats, either. “ He was not an albino. He was quite different. And he was riding an iron horse.” ( p. 138, Things Fall Apart ) At first, they did not give off any outstanding first impression; the missionaries appeared to be harmless. While Conrad is said to have taken a more extreme approach on writing about the native African people of the Congo, Achebe took a more neutral approach when it came to the conquering nature of the white men once…

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