Untouchables are usually never accepted in any society, but they have their own place in which they live. According to dictionary.com, and untouchable is “a person disregarded or shunned by society or a particular group; social outcast”, or basically a person that is at the bottom of a social level. In Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart there are indeed untouchables and they are clearly mentioned in the book. Achebe describes untouchables as “A person dedicated to a God, a thing set apart-a taboo for ever and his children after him. He could neither marry nor be married by the free born. He was in fact an outcast, living in a special area of the village, close to the Great Shrine. Wherever he went he carried with him the mark of the forbidden caste – long, tangled and dirty hair. A razor was taboo to him. An OSU (Igbo word for untouchables) could not attend an assembly of the free – born, and they, in turn could not shelter under his roof. He could not take any of the four titles of the clan, and when he died he was buried by his kind in the Evil Forest.” (Achebe 156). An untouchable’s main problem is its existence. Untouchables are not permitted to be around a “normal” human. Many peopl...
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