Achebe writes in “the language of the colonizers” and is commonly criticized for it. Consider the authors intention here and the consequences it may have had.

30 Sep

Achebe’s novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’, is written in English and is commonly criticised for being written in “the language of the colonizers”. The author clearly had a motive for writing the novel in English and intentions he wished to communicate to the reader. One of these intentions may to relate his message about colonization to the colonizers themselves. By doing so, the author is able to hold someone accountable and actively blaming the colonialists. The purpose of post-colonial literature is said, “to resurrect the original culture of those colonized” and so by showing the colonizers’ affect on the said culture, Achebe is able to hold the reader accountable for actions and seek justice and closure. Achebe may have also written in text in English in order to counter colonial literature written in a way that presents African culture as primitive and brutal.

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One Response to “Achebe writes in “the language of the colonizers” and is commonly criticized for it. Consider the authors intention here and the consequences it may have had.”

  1. aliyevyusif October 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM #

    As mentioned in Claudia’s response “Things Fall Apart” was published “in the language of the white man” because of marketing purposes. Another reason for publishing in English could be to epxress a message to a larger audience. A solid example supporting my point is that we wouldn’t even be reading this novel if it was written in Chinua Achebe’s tribal dialect.

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