3.31 Discussion (Things Fall Apart) - 3\/31 Discussion(Things Fall Apart Tuesday March 31 2 015 12:27 PM Question Using Things Fall Apart as evidence

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Unformatted text preview: 3/31: Discussion (Things Fall Apart) Tuesday, March 31, 2 015 12:27 PM Question: Using Things Fall Apart as evidence, identify the different way which African people responded to the presence of missionaries. In Acheb view, which of these responses proved to be the most disruptive? • Major themes/discussions ○ Tradition vs. new(European) concepts-­‐change ○ Family and values (morality) § Self/community ○ Masculinity vs. femininity ○ Personal loss, family loss (tension) ○ Change in the community § Discussing through Okonkwo and through his community, hi being drawn out, father, Okonkwo, and his son. 3 generation men. Change over time ○ Cultural clashes • How does the author portray Igbo society and culture? What do you the author’s perspective on pre-­‐colonial Nigerian society and culture ○ Traditions are similar to traditional values of Christianity ○ Used his education to see both sides of colonial experience § Good and bad-­‐both § Perspective of pre colonial Nigerian society is at least not bia § What is wrong with pre colonial society-­‐ father, because of colonization-­‐cannot educate. Achebe could write this. ○ Complex-­‐ see hierarchy (power), gender roles $$ ○ Marriage customs ○ Cola nut: used as a key aspect of being a welcoming host ○ Language: limited audience • A common literary technique is to liken characters to certain aspects ys in be's istory ns of u think e is ased s of • • • • ○ Marriage customs ○ Cola nut: used as a key aspect of being a welcoming host ○ Language: limited audience A common literary technique is to liken characters to certain aspects society or philosophy. Who or what in the larger historical context d characters represent? ○ O's son: new generation under European influence ○ Okonkwo: personifies violence. Not everything is Okonkwo's fault ○ Elder: pre-­‐colonial society-­‐ because after death comes missionarie ○ European (Britain) imperialism-­‐state: 2 types of missionaries, resp like Mr. Brown (to an extent), and then ones like Reverend Smith. § District Commissioner: strict, use of violence, "study"-­‐higher § Mr. Brown: 1st missionary, more kind, respected the tribes a cultures, knowledgeable and willing to learn about it. Practic restraint-­‐ refuses to antagonize the people § Reverend Smith: foil/ contrasted against Mr. Brown What are some of the different ways in which African people respon the presence of missionaries? How did presence of missionaries cha change Ibo society? ○ Violence against Europeans (white man), they killed him first time then their village got destroyed ○ Assimilation ○ Fear + power» unfamiliar ○ Conservative values» holding onto traditions ○ Social condemnation (changes-­‐tradition) ○ Suicide What tells you that Achebe thinks its disruptive, how do you know th Achebe thinks that locals responses are disturbing How does the author challenge stereotypical European perspectives African society? ○ Complex African society-­‐ not primitive barbaric society, not what Europeans are used to ○ Just different ○ Okonkwo personifies bad parts of the community, along with his s of do the lt ies pectful . r and local ces nded to allenge or e and hat s of t father ○ Complex African society-­‐ not primitive barbaric society, not what Europeans are used to ○ Just different ○ Okonkwo personifies bad parts of the community, along with his and other people in the community as well • What contradictions of empire did you see addressed in the book? D the European characters expose contradictions of empire? If so, how ○ Civilizing mission § Rhetoric vs happens on the ground t father Do any of w so? ...
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