Things Fall Apart: Questions and Answers

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3. Whites often referred to Africa as the “Dark Continent,” a place of evil. Considering Igbo traditional beliefs and the colonial encounter between Britain and the Igbo, where is evil located in this book?

In the Things Fall Apart, Achebe (1969) portrays Nigeria at a time when the arrival of the British was intrusive as they crept within Nigeria’s borders and made an overwhelming influence while they claimed that Nigerians were ultimately evil and needed to be controlled. In essence, it appears that one of Achebe’s (1969) goals is to convey to readers what the British’s alternative motives were when British colonialism occurred. Even though the British wished to portray Nigerians as untamed and undomesticated, the Igbo society was a multifaceted with a complex social system of values and traditions. The Igbo society was an ancient civilization with a labyrinthine system of governance and laws, and yet these laws involved barbaric practices. For example, Achebe (1969) presents customs such as the Nigerians leaving behind numerous babies, and the unthinkable and barbar...
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