Heart of Darkness Essay | The Horror of Colonialism in "Things Fall Apart" and "Heart of Darkness"

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The Horror of Colonialism in "Things Fall Apart" and "Heart of Darkness"

Summary: "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe and "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad are two novels about the destruction of African cultures by European colonalism. Both works expose the racism and exploitation rampant in 19th century colonialism.
In Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart the life of a man named Okonkwo and the tribe of Umuofia is depicted in three chapters which each represent a significant era in the tribe. In the first chapter, Achebe describes the life of the native African tribe before the coming of the white man. This chapter enables the reader to understand and respect the life of the Igbo. The second chapter describes the beginnings of colonialism and introduction of the white man. Suddenly, the Igbo way is questioned. The natives lives are turned upside down as they search for a way to understand the new religion and laws of the Europeans. The third chapter describes the effect of colonialism on the Igbo tribe. This section explores the many ways which the Igbo people try to adapt to the new...

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