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Essay sample - Comparison of the Form and Style in "Things Fall Apart" and "A Far Cry from Africa"
Journalism & Communication
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Both these works of literature talk of the experience of being a part of a race that is marginalized. In both cases, it is the black races of Africa that is talked about. Both these works, like Eudora Welty’s A Worn Path, talk of racial differences, being articulated by members of groups that lie in between the white races and the blacks in terms of their sensibilities…
Comparison of the Form and Style in "Things Fall Apart" and "A Far Cry from Africa"
While talking of race differences in their works, they are critical of the western colonizers for their economic policies, but occupy a space that is not entirely divorced from the western education that they have received. As a result their discussion of racial differences is extremely nuanced and complex. They however, have various differences in their tone and style, something that can be attributed to the differences in the historical and geographical context in which these writers produced their work. This paper shall attempt not only a historicist and new historicist mode of analysis, but shall seek to combine it with an analysis of the forms that the writers in question employ in their works of art. Things Fall Apart was one of the first few novels that explored the role of the colonizers in the changes that came in African society. There have been many works of art that have followed this work in the tradition of post-colonial works of art that critique the role of the coloniser.
The conflict that both these writers face is one that is faced by people, who are, according to Frantz Fanon, of mixed identities. Such people cannot turn to either side for support and thus end up feeling like outsiders in their own community. While this enables Achebe to provide his work with the perspective of an outsider, imbuing his work with the tone of a historian, it enables an effective articulation of Walcott’s identity crisis that results from not only a biologically mixed parentage but also a metaphorical one. ...
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