"Home and Exile" Comparison Essay by Champ

"Home and Exile"
An analysis of the writer's homecoming experiences, compared to those described by Chinua Achebe in "Home and Exile."
# 99079 | 1,291 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 29, 2007 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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This paper introduces, discusses and analyzes the book "Home and Exile," written by Chinua Achebe. Specifically it compares and contrasts Achebe's traveling experiences to the homecoming experiences of the paper's author while traveling in Guatemala City in Central America. The paper describes the way in which Achebe's homecoming experiences helped form the man he is today and the writer he became. It also briefly discusses the writer's homecoming experiences.

From the Paper:

"Ultimately, Achebe comes to love his hometown of Ogidi. However, his first experiences were not so pleasant. Early in the book he writes, "If you should conclude from the emotional quiver to my words that after a rocky start in my hometown I later became rather fond of it, even a little sentimental, you would be entirely right" (Achebe 8). This is the way it seems to be with most hometowns and most homecomings. Sometimes we remember things nostalgically and find they no longer exist, while other times we remember things a bit harshly and find they (or we) have mellowed with age. Such it was with my own homecoming. Guatemala City was many of the things I remembered, and more. I was old enough to appreciate some of the things I had taken for granted, like the art galleries, museums, and architecture, and still young enough to enjoy the nightlife, clubs, and social scene. Guatemala City really is a blend of Old City and New City, and I hope my next homecoming is as successful as my last."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Achebe, Chinua. Home and Exile. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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