Written response by Alice

1 Oct

In the novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe uses Ibo vocabulary to make the reader feel that the novel is more cultural and personal to the writer. The words coming from Ibo language show that it is more descriptive and also gives the reader real impression of what Ibo culture is like. Some words, like eze-agadi-nwayi are better explained using this language and Achebe wanted to show how they even have a word for old women’s teeth, and that’s how rich their language is. Also Achebe probably used some Ibo vocabulary because he wanted to avoid longer descriptions, and since his language had words for the things he wanted to describe, he thought that there was no point in describing it over and over again in the novel.

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4 Responses to “Written response by Alice”

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

    I agree about the part making the story personal to Achebe

  2. aliyevyusif October 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM #

    Ibo language is extremely rich and Achebe includes much description. Spending time on describing such a word without introducing and original phrase from the native language would break the readers attention.

  3. Shaki S October 4, 2010 at 9:48 PM #

    I do agree about the vocabulary being more personal and effective to the reader in it’s original language. But without defining the meaning of the word makes harder for the reader to comprehend the message the author is trying to convey in the phrase.

  4. matthew24conrad October 4, 2010 at 11:47 PM #

    I understand exactly what you are trying to say here. In many instances it is much simpler for Achebe to use his own language in the novel rather than translating it. It makes the writing more personal and helps express the message Achebe seems to be trying to make in the book.

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