When considering fictional literature concerning African Colonialism, two of the most influential texts are Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Both make clear in a unique perspective the universal atrocities of the invading Europeans upon Africans during this time period. Achebe employs an African third-person perspective, Conrad by use of two European first-person narrators. Although both stories are generally accepted to be great works of fiction, Achebe’s is done so mainly without appeal. Conrad’s, however, is constantly under criticism on whether or not it deserves such an honor, with some holding the view that it even promotes some of the evils of colonialism rather than denouncing them.
Religion Things Fall Apart is a story about the Igbo clan of Nigeria. The bulk of the story focuses on the culture of the Igbo people and influence of Christian settlement on the clan. Chinua Achbe, in the novel Things Fall Apart, conveys a flavor of traditional African culture in the 1800`s. The author attempts to dispel the belief that the tribal peoples are without unique and important culture. Many of Achebe`s themes are not limited to the events in his novel, but relate to situations, in which traditional values are questioned and people from different cultures meet, the most profound impact being related to the themes of religion.
The Turn of the Screw Language, Structure, Form Sentence Structure- The sentence structure and punctuation of The Turn of the Screw can be seen as being: full of ambiguity, the punctuation of the novel helps with the lack of progression within story and makes the reader feel disorientated and finally The Governess over complicates her wording in the book which gives the reader the idea that the Governess is scared. The Turn of the Screw has 71”-“this shows the ambiguity of the novel as there are hundreds of pauses throughout it. Also the “-“slows down the progression of the book that helps with the ambiguity of the book also. Vocabulary- The word “glass” is repeated 10 times. Whenever glass is mentioned it is either used in: the presence of a ghost, being used as a constraint to the characters literally but also socially and also when the pane of glass gets shattered.
After reviewing the reading, we can make many assumptions about the authors’ argument. I think that this is quiet self-explanatory on the message the authors is arguing “that a teacher can help students, but the student “must do the learning.” you as a student can by taught many things but until you actually learn it or apply or are even able to explain it yourself then you have learned the concept applying to this concept there is quote in the book where it is said “Knowledge must grow in his mind if learning is to take place” (Adler and Van Doren; “The Activity and Art of Reading” page 8). I also think that the student has to put in the initiative to learn the concept themselves without the initiative of applying the concept you won’t ever learn the concept. Learning the concept is much like applying the concept of discovery that the Arthur was also referring to in the reading where it was mentioned in the quote “the learner acts on something communicated to him”. After the reading I see my role as a student as the learner or as the thinker which applies the concept that are being taught by the instructor.
AP U.S. History Assignment: Deconstruction and analysis of “Columbus, the Indians, and Human Progress” by Howard Zinn Topic of Essay: European’s reason and history of the colonization of America. Thesis: Many times in history we see history from one point of view. It is extremely important to see history from both sides since most of the time “ History is written by the victors” and omits the truth of what really happened. Many times horrible deeds are justified and we ignore them since we see these deeds as necessary and justified from only one point of view. Arguments: 1.)
Aftermath IV. Toward a Slave Labor System A. Religion and Revolt in the Spanish Borderland 1. Stagnant growth in New Mexico and Florida 2. Spanish missionaries convert Indians to Christianity 3.
The question arises in any novel whether the narration may be trusted or whether we should rely on our own judgement. In both The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby the narrators could be described as unreliable but does this mean they are unable to be trusted or is unreliability merely a human trait used by Salinger and Fitzgerald to strengthen our empathy for the character? Both Salinger’s, and Fitzgerald’s novels fall prey to unreliable narration due to their structure. In both novels there is a retrospective account of events. Holden Cauldfield, begins the novel with the statement “I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas.” Nick Carraway begins with “when I came back from the east last fall”.
The selected passage is from Chinua Achebe’s award winning novel: “Things Fall Apart”. Published in 1958, two years before the independence of Nigeria. With a strong purpose to present a dynamic and complex society to the Western audience who perceived the African society and cultures as primitive or undeveloped. Achebe uses intimate relations between the reader and the characters to really insert the reader into the Igbo culture and portray it’s beauties and also its downsides before and after the arrival of Christian missionaries, strong imagery is used to deliver a strong and exhilarating message to the audience from other continents that have been reading misinterpreted novel by writers such as Joseph Conrad or Joyce Cary, whom are both from the Western world and have first hand experience with African culture, Achebe felt that he needed to express a different point of view and not just another interpretation. Firstly, to sum up this detail and deceit filled extract, we can contemplate that it shows the beginning of the “journey” towards the inhumane slaughter, or so said “sacrifice” of Ikemefuna, a fifteen-year-old boy from the Mbaino clan who is thrown at Umuofia as a sacrifice for the killing of one Umuofian woman, after three years and close interaction with Okonkwo’s family, the elders order Ikemefuna to be killed.
The reason for the first layer of narration is that “Heart of Darkness” is not so much about what happened in Africa as it is about the psychological, moral and spiritual impressions those events left on someone with completely different ideals and values and unconnected to what happened. The reason to the second layer of narration is less obvious to me at first. I think the role of “I” is of a witness and listener; “I”, like readers, learned that our ideas about “civilization” can be founded on lies, corruptions and unspeakable horrors. By the end of the story, Marlow’s tale significantly changes the narrator’s attitude towards the ships and men of the past. It leaves a profound psychological effects on “I” and readers; it prompts us to ponder the dark side of our nature.
It is usually the author who evokes characters, so it is pointed out that Joe is creating his own story and its truths. Joe is an unreliable, as we sometimes question whether he is going insane rather than it just being Jed, for example when he keeps seeing things in the library. Clarissa asks him “which way this fixation runs” which forces us as readers to revaluate Joe’s reliability as a narrator. Jean Logan is part of the subplot that reflects the main plot. Like Joe, she is in a stressful situation that causes her to doubt the loyalty of her husband, like Joe does with Clarissa.