Unformatted text preview: How does Achebe explore the loss of culture through story telling and the oral tradition? Jacky Chong Achebe explore this loss of culture by contradicting the European’s prejudice on African as savages and the reality with the use of oral tradition and story telling. In chapter 1-4, Achebe has used repetition of tradition to emphasis the Igbo original culture. Achebe repeats the traditional ceremony before people talk about business. For example, they always prays to their ancestral spirits, share “kola nut” and enjoy “palm wine”. These traditions reflect harmony and peace between the Igbo villagers, which contradict with the assumption of the Europeans that African were savages. “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” This quote shows the importance of rhetoric in the Igbo, which is a characteristic misunderstood by the colonialists who prefer directness. The district commissioner shows his ignorance, arrogant, and the racism on the African tribes from the title he...
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- Spring '11
- Colonialism, Ethnic groups in Africa, Igbo original culture