Things Fall Apart Criticism

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Throughout Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, Achebe addresses various criticisms stated in an essay written about Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In the article, written by Achebe, Achebe mentions Conrad’s ruthless denunciations on African people and their humanity, Africa as being an antithesis to Europe, and further—western desire for things being in their place. Through these affirmations, Achebe argues mercilessly that Conrad is undeniably a racist, and that Heart of Darkness is a toxic novella, which through its poeticism and dense imagery undermines a race with utmost prejudice (“An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” 1-8). Moreover, as evidence will show, one undoubtedly sees that these arguments transpire elegantly onto the pages within Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Achebe argues that Conrad sets up Africa as an antithesis to Europe. For example, as Achebe points out, at the beginning of the novella Conrad greets his readers with a gentle image of the River Thames. In contrast, later the River Congo is described with clear opposition; in other words, the very opposite of soothing (Conrad 1, 35). Significant to this idea of Africa being the antithesis to western culture, the same theme unfolds itself within Achebe's Things Fall Apart. The appearance of an alien religion among the Igbo people is Achebe's primary way of manifesting this idea. Spreading like a germ, the white man erects its churches and summons its missionaries among the Igbo
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