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Chinua Achebe's Works
A review of the works and accomplishments of African author, Chinua Achebe.
# 152350 | 1,333 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2013 in Literature (African)

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The paper provides an introduction to Chinua Achebe and discusses how he is one of the world's greatest African writers who writes about the people and culture of Nigeria and how they suffered under colonialism. The paper discusses his works, including "Girls at War", "Things Fall Apart", "No Longer at Ease", and "Arrow of God", and analyzes the theme of the civil war, colonialism and loss of culture in his works. Finally, the paper emphasizes the accomplishments and awards received by Chinua Achebe.

Introduction to the Author

From the Paper:

"Girls at War is a short story about how Nigerians lived during the Civil War. At the beginning of the story, things in the country are not so bad, and conditions are not too hard. However, as the story progresses, the war progresses, and things get much more difficult. The Minister of Justice still lives rather well, but he has to rely on food handouts for his family, and many people in the country are literally starving to death. He shows that some people in the country, like Gladys, are not as affected by the war, they still have money to spend on showy clothing and other nonsense, while soldiers are dying. It is a look at the reality of war in Nigeria, and shows how much of the population is disconnected and uninvolved in the war, something that he clearly disapproves of and dislikes.
"Many of his other works share this common theme of the Civil War and its effect on his home country. Another short story Civil Peace shows the effects on people even after the war has ended. Society is still frightening and dangerous, and the authorities do not seem to be able to keep control over the people and their actions. He shows how the war has changed Nigeria and made it a dangerous place, and he seems to feel sorry for his country and his people."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Heinemann, 1996.
  • Booker, M. Keith, and Simon Gikandi, eds. The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.
  • Iheka, Cajetan Nwabueze. "The Fiction of Chinua Achebe." African Research & Documentation (2009): 57+.
  • Njoku, Benedict Chiaka. The Four Novels of Chinua Achebe: A Critical Study. New York: Peter Lang, 1984.
  • Okechukwu, Chinwe Christiana. Achebe the Orator: The Art of Persuasion in Chinua Achebe's Novels. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.

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