Comparative essay between "Things Fall Apart" and "The Sacrificial Egg" in the aspect of Conflict

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Leo Lau 4.13 Comparative essay between "Things Fall Apart" and "The Sacrificial Egg" in the aspect of Conflict The novel “Things Fall Apart” and “The Sacrificial egg” have several similarities and difference when compared. There are many aspects in terms of conflict and this will be elucidated. To start with, one of the roles of conflict in “Things Fall Apart” and “The Sacrificial Egg” is to create a sense of anticipation for the reader and to move the plot forward. Driving the plot forward, creating an ingredient of trepidation, we can see that conflict is crucial in both stories. Conflict also brings out a sense of foreshadowing throughout both stories. In The Sacrificial Egg Chinua Achebe presents the conflict between an African civilization called Igbo and Westernization, specifically Europeans. The story focuses on Katipo, a god of smallpox, ravaging the people of Umuru as seen from the emptiness of the market named Nkwo and the story main character Julius Obi as he indirectly experiences the effects of the evil god. Being of African descent Achebe believes that no African writer can betray his heritage. As the story progresses the effects of the Europeans coming into contact with the Igbo people unfolds as it is seen from the prosperous Nkwo market, the fear imposed by Kitikpa, and the emptiness Julius experiences. Conflict is evident in the form of culture here and in “Things Fall Apart” In Things Fall Apart, we see a conflict early in the story between Okonkwo and his father, Unoka. "Okonkwo was ruled by one passion - to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness" (Achebe pg.13). Unoka was considered to be a failure. Okonkwo did not receive anything from his father and he had to start out with nothing. His goal "chi" in life was to obtain great wealth and to have many wives

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