Alienation in "No Longer at Ease" and "Les Chemins Qui Montent".
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From the Paper:"Mercedes Mackay commented on Obi in African Affairs. She said that Obi is put in a dilemma, that of his desire to the comforts that western civilization brings to him, and his own tradition that threatens his relation with his beloved Clara.(Mackay,1961:550). Philip
Roger commented No Longer at Ease in No Longer at Ease: Chinua Achebe's Heart of
Whiteness. He saw No Longer at Ease as a parody of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, he qualified No Longer at Ease as being a critical representation of western influence on its characters. Roger noticed an analogy between Obi and Kurtz; idealists with optimistic theories, but in reality hollow men. In addition to that, he treated Obi's fall parodically equivalent to Kurtz's. While Kurtz fell because he succumbed to the uncivilized 'heart of darkness' represented by Africa, Obi succumbed to the civilized 'heart of whiteness': or British civilization. Obi encountered in England the western influence that alienated him from the colonial Nigeria. (Roger,1983: 177,178).
"Concerning Les chemins qui montent, Michel Kelle, wrote in Portraits croises: Mouloud Feraoun et Emmanuel Robles that Les chemins qui montent presents a chronicle of daily life in Kabyle villages of 1950's. This novel is coloured by three major themes: emigration to France, women's role and life in the village, and finally the agonizing struggle between two cultures that is faced by young men.( Kelle, 1999:100). Another comment was made on Les chemins qui montent by Djoher Amhis-Ouksel in D'une rive a l'autre. She said that in Ighil-Nezman, marriages are that of convenience rather than passion. Love remains at the level of fantasy and imagination, since it is forbidden. She added, passion is viewed as a source of destruction. The author, being sensitive to the Algerian young men's condition, denounced frustrations caused by marriages of convenience. Feraoun was conscious that changes could not be possible without rupture (Amhis-Ouksel,2009: 89,90) She added that emigration has caused many ruptures in the traditional societies. Once back home, the emigrant is different and has a new vision towards his society.(Ibid.91).
"To our knowledge, both works have not been already compared. Therefore, in this
paper, we shall attempt at studying the two works in terms of identity. More precisely, we
shall study the thematic implications of alienation in Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease, and Mouloud Feraoun's Les chemins qui montent. Our task is to enlighten the issues that came out from colonial and post colonial period, like western education, tradition,
emigration which are the reasons for the alienation of the protagonists of the two novels."
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