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Essay about Chinua Achebe, things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness by Conrad

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Toure1Toure FantaMrs. CarlsonHonors English 1016 February 2016Bloom and ClichsChinua Achebe wrote his 1958 classic novel Things Fall Apart, as an anti-thesis to Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Achebe criticizes Joseph Conrad for his raciststereotypes toward the continent and the people of Africa. Conrad wrote the story froman outsider point of view; the author did not put himself in the indigenes shoes. Africanswere portrayed as savages with no languages other that grunts, with no occupationsbesides worshipping imaginary gods (Mongredien). To Conrad Africans were notcharacters but props. In response, Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart, the story of an Iboman, Okonkwo, and the tragedies he had to go through. Africans are represented asindividuals capable of speech; not just one massive conglomerate of tribes. Their customsare not regarded as eccentric or bizarre, the author presented it, as one would do with anyother culture. In almost every respect, Things Fall Apart contradicts the stereotypes set upin Heart of Darkness.The outside world perceives African culture and religion as customs andsuperstitions rather than just an alternative form of culture and religion. While callingthem superstitions is not only belittling their religion, but is insulting those who believesand practices the religion. In Things Fall Apart, the religious practices of Okonkwo tribeare taken very seriously and the white man's religion is described as crazy a

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