Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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The African civilizations are often thought to be primitive, unsophisticated regions made up of barbaric and merciless people. However, this notion is a common misconception that has been portrayed by the British to justify slavery. The author of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, attempts to educate his readers by disproving the common perception of African civilizations and by initiating a process of re-storying. He believes that the African side of the story has not been told and he must tell their story so Africans are no longer victims of other people’s accounts. While some may believe that Achebe is ineffective in educating his readers about this fallacy, Achebe clearly shows that the Igbo had components of an advanced civilization. After thoroughly reading and analyzing this novel, I certainly understand Achebe’s desire to portray the Igbo as civilized despite contrary British literature. Three major elements, including an organized religion, centralized government, and complex system of communication are portrayed by the author to indicate the intricacy of the Igbo. Chinua Achebe effectively educates his readers that the Igbo had components of an advanced civilization prior to British colonization rather than being a primitive, barbaric society. Achebe effectively educates his readers that the Igbo had components of an advanced civilization by showing that they had an organized religion. This shows that the Igbo had an advanced civilization because the British

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