Slave owners even banned drumming because they feared an uprising or of secret messages being delivered amongst the slaves ("Slave Resistance at Work."). However, the words of some spirituals would openly complain de... ... middle of paper ... ....). This bringing of native culture into America showed how the slaves resisted, even after they were forced into the American ways of living. Resisting slavery in a time where Africans were unequal and inferior was the only good that could be made of their situation. Culture played the subtle role in the resistance, allowing the music, stories, and art that had been passed on from generation to generation to circulate among the African American slave community.
The classic African literary tale Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, is a brilliant account of historical African culture and the destruction colonialism can cause upon such cultures. As the reader follows the narrative and complexity of the characters through the novel, a sense of pride, trust, and faith in history emerges. Yet, with the introduction of colonialism the characters must learn to embrace and adapt to a new culture and set of beliefs or face termination from society. The novel explores the troubles of African cultures and their adaptation to colonialism. As the novel progresses, one can also observe the influence of religion throughout history and how it has changed the face of many societies.
Abstract The traditional role of an African writer is that he is the conscience of his society. He should serve as the record of the mores and experiences of his society and the voice of vision in his own time. Niyi Osundare has demonstrated his awareness of these in his play The State Visit. He x-rays how the leadership of Yakeland rules the state with impunity sacking his ministers and aides; diverting resources meant for the development of agriculture and ignoring the vulnerable in the society. The paper, apart from dilating on all these, shall look at the messages the playwright tries to put across to Nigerians particularly the need for the masses to be aware of their situation and the need for resistance.
Black Consciousness is an example of culture as a strong programme. Ubuntu is another crucial cultural structure that consists of the African culture and their way of life. When conducting research in history, personal feelings should be taken into account to try understanding the meanings, being African Societies and the shaping of resistance to colonization and the new South African society. Colonisation eradicated all African cultural structures (myths, beliefs, values) leading to the belief that colonization was a cultural process. African people never ceased to stop claiming their cultural beliefs and values and African intellectuals called for the recognition of the African culture structure shaping African societies as well as realizing that transculturation had taken place.
In the same manner, Horton reveals the part of the slave agony. The black folk and the nation itself are in a determinant position. The nation has the duty to end slavery in practice and in principle and the slave has the duty of moving forward despite the injustice. Horton’s poem gives voice to the hope stilled in many new free blacks, but also denounces the effects of slavery. Both authors denote the way the slave’s character resisted bondage despite its consequences.
Chikowero said that the colonists used music "as a weapon to undermine African sovereignty and, on the other, how Africans similarly deployed their musical cultures to tell their own stories, reclaim their freedom, and reconstitute their being” (Chikowero 2, 65). While the debates ensue of the tainting of traditional African music, it cannot be denied that the Era of Colonialism has imprinted deeply in the music of the
Achebe went hand in hand with the documents in a specific way, which was the portrayal of Africa; the theme of Colonialism influenced many of the documents, because they sough to abolish living in such controlled way. They brought upon the idea of Anti- Colonialism, they also all shared the common thought of what Africa could and can be for the Africans around the world. The call for action between each of the documents, was an influenced of all these ideals that were set on them, it was a way to break past these barrier and live with idea of not being a shadow.
The poem moves to the battlefield within the poet as he owns dual cultural heritage and finds difficult to identify his actual identity where he belongs to. Walcott breathes two different traditions; he highlighted the dilemma between races in his poem who wants to adopt the "civilized" culture of the British, but also cannot excuse their immoral treatment of the Africans.
Along with his arguments of mental inferiority, Jefferson argues that blacks concede their inferiority through their submissiveness to the slave owners. This argument is met by Walkers’ appeal to the people for action. He states that, “unless we try to refute Mr. Jefferson’s arguments respecting us, we will only establish them” (Walker 18). It is an urgent call for action that urges not only blacks but other abolitionist, to stand up and fight against the stereotypes. He calls for black people to stop being submissive and to stand up for their rights.
Similar Themes in Things Fall Apart and The Second Coming The novel "Things Fall Apart" examines African culture before the colonial infiltration. Achebe's novel forces us to examine the customs and traditions that make up an informal culture. At times we may find some their practices appalling, but Achebe makes us realize that the traditions and customs are what essentially hold the Ibo together. Achebe wrote 'Things Fall Apart" with the intention of changing the common view of African culture. He wrote the novel from an insider's perspective, revealing that African culture was not solely based on barbaric and mindless rituals.