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The Nation-State: A Curse for Africa?
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5 pages in length. In Black Man's Burden, author Basil Davidson argues that the nation-state has proved a curse for the African independent nation. When we examine the works of several different authors it is easy to discover that Davidson speaks the truth: that the nation-state has indeed proved to be a curse for Africa. this essay also considers Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Journey of Discovery, Journey of Faith - The Life of Olaudah Equiano
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A 5 page paper that traces the transition of the life of Olaudah Equiano from a child of traditional African Igbo culture to an adult of strong, deep Christian faith. Discussed are the conditions that shaped Equiano's life, including his abduction into the life of slavery at the age of 11, his introduction to Christianity, and the development of a personal faith that endured throughout his lifetime. Bibliography lists 1 source.
Filename: LCJourny.doc

The Family by Pa Chin and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: The Conflict and Acceptance of Change
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The status of the family described within Pa Chin's work The Family is defined by class status and definitive social design. The structure of power and the interactions of the decision making processes are the foundation for the trans-class love that develops between Cheuh-hui, the third son, and Ming-feng, a house servant. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is the story of the conflict between Africa and Europe, between the Western way of doing things and the tribal consciousness. It is the story of the psychological and social consequences of the transition from the tribal indigenous society to the Western mode brought by the Imperialistic takeover. This 5 page paper examines the conflict inherent in the act of transition, either within the evolving social roles of the family or the cultural definitions of a society as it is assimilated into the modern world. No additional sources are listed.
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Nadine Gordimer's 'My Son's Story'
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A 4 page sociopolitical examination of Nadine Gordimer's 'My Son's Story'-- the tale of a Black South-African who plays hooky from school only to discover that his father is having an affair with a White woman... in the midst of Apartheid. Character, theme, and their relevance to South African politics & society are discussed. No Bibliography.
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African Literature as A Mirror to the Continent's Struggles
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A short, yet well-written 3 page discussion of how Ngugi Wa Thiong'O's 'Petals of Blood' and Buchi Emecheta's 'The Joys of Motherhood' demonstrate the socio-cultural and socio-religious struggles that Africans endured after being so crudely affected by European influences. Bibliography lists full citations for the two primary texts.
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Bessie Head and Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
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A 5 page paper that considers the theme of interpersonal conflict in Head's 'The Collector of Treasures' and Wa Thiong'O's 'The Return.' The writer also demonstrates the way in which gender of both the characters and the authors impacts the development of this theme. No additional sources cited.
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Ngugi Thiong'o and Ngugi wa Mirii's 'I Will Marry When I Want'
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A 6 page paper that provides an overview of the major thematic components and the circumstances surrounding the original production of Ngugi and Ngugi's play. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
Filename: Ngugi.doc


Chinua Achebe’s “Things Falling Apart”
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An 8 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Athol Fugard's 'The Blood Knot'
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An 11 page paper discussing South African dissident Athol Fugard's 1961 play The Blood Knot. The text of the play is carefully examined in light of South Africa's history and culture and their unique effect on the play. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Athol Fugard's 'Master Harold . . . and the Boys' / Fatherhood
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A 5 page paper based on the play by South African playwright Athol Fugard. It contrasts Hally's relationship with his real father with his relationship with the black waiter Sam, who actually behaves much more like a father to him. The paper concludes by analyzing Hally's terrible betrayal of Sam at the play's end. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Sundiata / African Epic
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A 3 page discussion of society and kingship in the African epic 'Sundiata.' The writer discusses the roles of royalty, masculinity, cultural arts, and more. No Bibliography.
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Feminism and Colonialism in Head and Ngugi
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A six-page paper looking at these two twentieth-century authors in terms of the contribution their female characters make toward the idea of a non-colonial future in Africa. Specific works discussed include Bessie Head's When Rain Clouds Gather and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Political and Social Theory in Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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A nine page paper comparing the state of African society depicted in Chinua Achebe's novel with the sociological and political theories discussed in Mahmood Mamdani's Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism; Anthony Butler's Democracy and Apartheid: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and the Modern South African State; and Frederick D. Lugard's The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa. No additional sources.
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Intercultural Communication In 'Things Fall Apart'
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An 8 page paper looking at the nature of intercultural communication in Chinua Achebe's classic novel. The paper defines intercultural communication as necessitating not only a commonality of language but a commonality of viewpoint and assumption. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Achebe's Things Fall Apart
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is the story of the post-colonial conflict between Africa and Europe, as well as the conflict between the Western way of doing things and the tribal consciousness. It is the story of the psychological and social consequences of the transition from the tribal indigenous society to the Western mode brought about by the Imperialistic takeover. This 3 page paper argues that the British takeover forced changes that would have been resisted and delayed to the detriment of the society by way of the loss of their potential as represented by the next generation. No additional sources are listed.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' & Desai's 'Clear Light Of Day'
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In this 5 page essay, the writer analyzes how the coming of the White man to Africa meant the end of traditional culture in Things Fall Apart. Interestingly, pertinent events are very similar in 'Clear Light Of Day'-- in which the sociocultural impact of the English coming to India are described. Relevant comparisons are made. No other sources cited.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo As A Tragic Hero
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In this 4 page essay, the writer describes Things Fall Apart as 'classic' in the sense that it adheres to Aristotle's definition of a tragedy and Okonkwo presents himself as a tragic hero. Specific examples form the story, -- including evidence of Okonkwo's tragic flaw,-- are provided to illustrated points made. No other sources cited.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo's Aggressive Behavior
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The writer of this 5 page essay describes Okonkwo as a troubled individual with deeply-repressed feelings (particularly towards his father) who-- expresses these feelings as anger and aggression. Okonwko has developed a loathing for anything feminine; he is extremely macho and expects the same of all men around him. In a sense, he is overcompensating for his father's lack of vigor by trying so hard to be extra 'manly.' These points are argued with supporting examples from the story. No other sources cited.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo's Unwillingness To Conform
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In this 2 page essay, the writer argues that Okonkwo suffered from his own failure to confirm with society. Examples from the story -- including his own death -- are used to back-up this point. No other sources cited.
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Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
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This 5 page paper assesses Okonkwo’s responsibility in his own situation. How much of his own psychological motivation creates his dilemma versus either fate or other outside sources? The paper explains how this protagonist is partly to blame. No additional sources.
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Achebe’s “Things Falling Apart”
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A 10 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses the impact of European colonization upon the village of Umuofia from Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.' No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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This 10 page research paper provides an examination into Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, focusing on the main character, Okonkwo. Specifically considered in this character evaluation is how Okonkwo demonstrates the traditional aspects of his 'ideal society,' his perceptions of good and evil, likes and dislikes. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Palm Oil & Proverbs
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A 10 page paper analyzing the importance of the proverbs in Chinua Achebe's novel. The paper looks at six critical analyses of the book and shows how the critics support the view that the use of proverbs is integral to the way Achebe's characters communicate with one another. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Responsibilities Of Citizenship
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A 10 page paper discussing citizenship and its obligations. 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe and 'Man's Search for Meaning' are used as the primary reference points for the discussion. Issues of the meaning and practice of community are also discussed. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / The Idea of Freedom
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This 5 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Threats To Religion & Politics
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A 5 page paper discussing Chinua Achebe's first novel. The writer explores whether the arrival of the white man in what is now Nigeria was a greater threat to the established government or religion of the villagers in the story. this essay illustrates that the threat was greater to religion since all political action was based on religion. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' and the Idea of Freedom
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This 4 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chinua Achebe’s “Things Falling Apart”
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An 8 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Colonialism and Indigenous Society in Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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A seven page paper looking at the degree to which the indigenous Ibo society depicted by Chinua Achebe in this novel actually collaborated with the white imperialists who came to take over their land. The paper argues that the Ibo allowed the West to gain a foothold because their own culture did not allow them opportunity for individual growth, and they mistakenly believed Western society would. No other sources.
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Comparison & Contrast Characters of Okonkwo in “Things Fall Apart” & Nnu Ego in “The Joys of Motherhood”
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A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of the Nigerian male character Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s 1959 novel, 'Things Fall Apart' with the Nigerian female character Nnu Ego in Buchi Emecheta’s 1979 novel, 'The Joys of Motherhood.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: TGokonnu.rtf

Comparison of 'Things Fall Apart', 'Efuru' and 'Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata)'
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A 6 page paper which compares three African tribal novels -- Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Flora Nwapa's Efuru and Fa-Digi Sisoko's Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata) -- to determine what they illuminate about pre-colonial African history. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Education in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A five page paper looking at this book in terms of its treatment of education. The paper argues that before the British imperialists came, the members of the Ibo tribe were far from uneducated and uncivilized; they simply had devised educational and socializing methods which differed from the Western model, but which worked for them. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Moral Lessons in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A five page paper looking at Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s work in terms of the moral lessons the reader takes away with him. The paper asserts that morality is central to literature because it allows fiction to guide us in the way we live our lives. No additional sources.
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Postcolonialism and Individual Culpability in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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An eight page paper looking at Chinua Achebe’s novel in terms of the author’s attitude toward the cultural clash between the British and the indigenous culture. The paper asserts that the protagonist Okonkwo symbolizes the aspects of African culture that cannot survive -- not because they are inferior, but because they inflexible and resistant to change. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Social Instability in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A five page paper looking at the social forces binding the Ibo to tradition in Chinua Achebe’s acclaimed novel. The paper points out that Achebe’s insights illustrate Bronislaw Malinowski’s theories of social change. Bibliography lists four sources.
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The Character of Okonkwo in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A five page paper looking the protagonist of this novel by Chinua Achebe in terms of the way he illustrates the plight of the Ibo culture. The paper asserts that while our own values often contrast with those of Okonkwo, we understand the poignancy of his fate. No other sources.
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The Character of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s 'Things Fall Apart' Analyzed
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A 7 page character analysis of Okonkwo, the chief protagonist in Chinua Achebe’s 1959 novel, 'Things Fall Apart,' as well as a consideration of the third-person narrative structure used in the novel. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Filename: TGoknkwo.rtf

Two Views on Conservatism
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A 6 page analysis of Achebe's Things Fall Apart as understood through a perspective aided by Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. The writer argues that although these two works deal with totally different cultures in totally different time frames, the commonality of human experience gives them quite a few points of similarity. Specifically, they both address the ramifications of rapidly cultural change and how it can be affected by conservative elements within that culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Apartheid in Paton’s “Cry, The Beloved Country”
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A five page look at the issue of South African apartheid which forms the backdrop of Alan Paton’s novel. The paper concludes that although the protagonist of the novel would be merely content if whites were kind to him, he misses the importance of legally-mandated equality. Bibliography lists four sources.
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"Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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This 4 page paper considers the themes, story, symbolism and parallels in this story of Timbu, an African women in her childhood. The issues in the book focus on the role of women in the community as subservient, with few rights. Colonisation, which is also considered in the book, has not improved the situation, only created a new and different kind of illness. The bibliography cites 1 source.
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"So Long a Letter" by Mariama Ba
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An 8 page paper which compares and contrasts the women in Mariama Ba's "So Long a Letter" with women in Senegal, Africa. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.
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"The Blood Knot": Identity
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A 22 page paper which discusses different aspects of identity as is found in Athol Fugard's play, "The Blood Knot." Homi K. Bhabha's theories, regarding colonial mimicry, are also discussed as they apply to Fugard's play. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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"The Housemaid" by Amma Darko: Capitalism
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A 10 page paper which discusses the novel "The Housemaid" by Ammo Darko and analyzes it as it entails issues concerning capitalism. In that respect the paper discusses urbanization, the position of women in the society, and the notion that people, as well as items, become commodities in this novel as it addresses capitalism. No additional sources cited.
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A Comparison of the Themes and Lessons of “Heat and Dust” by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, “The Heart of the Matter” by Graham Green, and “A Passage to India” by E. M. Forster
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A 5 page outline of the stories which unfold in these three books. The author utilizes a feminist approach to conclude that in comparison to the weaknesses of human nature, the scenarios which unfold in these books reveal the importance on relying on something stronger than humanity. We must look to our spirituality rather than to libido and desire. No additional sources are listed.
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Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A six-page paper overview of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel. It traces the plight of the protagonist Okonkwo as he confronts his own inability to handle the dissolution of traditional Ibo culture in the face of colonial imperialism. No additional sources.
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Aggression and Change in Achebe's "Things Fall Apart"
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A five page paper looking at Achebe's novel in terms of the way the two characters Obierika and Nwoye counterbalance Okonkwo and contribute to the significance of the story's final outcome. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Analysis of Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A 7 page paper which examines the protagonist Okonkwo, the African customs as practiced by the Ibo tribe, and the conflict between the African and European cultures. No additional sources are used.
Filename: TGcatfa.rtf

Analysis of Ouologuem Yambo's Poem, "When Black Men's Teeth Speak Out"
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A 5 page paper which examines the poem's literary elements, including subject, image, form, rhythm, symbolism, and interpretation to determine how they were utilized to deliver the main point, along with an offered opinion of the work. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Anglo-Sikh Relations in Ondaatje’s “The English Patient”
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A seven page paper analyzing the degree to which Kip’s identity as a Sikh soldier fighting on the side of the British contributes to his sense of isolation in Michael Ondaatje’s novel. The paper argues that Kip’s role as a Sikh may have been a significant one in India, and one from which he derived a considerable amount of pride; and yet among Europeans, he is only an Indian, and thus someone fighting under a flag that is not really his own. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Blood Knot and Apartheid's Affect On It's Characters
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This four page paper analyzes the play Blood Knot by Athol Fugard. It opens with a discussion about Apartheid and its affect on the world. The play is summarized and key points are brought to light regarding the message it gives. Bibliography lists one source.
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Buchi Emecheta/The Joys of Motherhood
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A 6 page essay that analyzes Buchi Emecheta's novel The Joys of Motherhood, which relates the story of Nnu Ego, the daughter of a great Nigerian chief. The saga of her life graphically demonstrates the insidious effect that European colonial presence in Nigeria had on the native population and, specifically, the way that it impacted the life of Nnu Ego. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart": Tragic Hero
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5 pages in length. As the protagonist of Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart," Okonkwo ultimately ends up as the tragic hero as a direct result of his inability to alter the course of his life. Defining this particular concept calls for one's close interpretation of what the protagonist's role truly represents; with that, it becomes quite simple to understand how the lead character can so easily slip into the tragic state he eventually inhabits. Through his difficult and sometimes life-changing experiences, Okonkwo comes to recognize what it is his own self-knowledge has gained through his struggles. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart': Heroism
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5 pages in length. One can reasonably assert that there existed a sequence of social change as a means by which to describe the impact of the intrusive European culture upon the indigenous culture of Umuofia. Having viewed Umuofia's culture as tending to be relatively stationary as well as harboring unstable equilibrium, one can explain the validity of such a statement by describing various events of social heroism that occur in the novel which can effectively justify its truth. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Chinua Achebe/ 'Things Fall Apart'
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A 5 page analysis, + a 1 page outline of that analysis, of Chinua Achebe's novel of Nigerian colonialism, 'Things Fall Apart.' The writer argues that Achebe's novel demonstrates that the Igbo culture shared many of the faults of the invading British and that this is demonstrated through the characterization of the protagonist of the book, Okonkwo. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe/Anthills of the Savannah
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A 5 page essay that offers a synopsis and analysis of Chinua Achebe's novel Anthills of the Savannah (1987). The writer also discusses the major themes. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe/women in Umuofian Society
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A 6 page essay that discusses what can be inferred about the position of women in Umuofian culture based on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” and a Revaluation of Values
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This 7 page report discusses Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel about a village in pre-colonial Nigeria. The concept of things falling apart in “Things Fall Apart” comes from the many ways in which the life of the main character, Okonkwo, changes in ways he is powerless to understand. “Things” are simply not the way Okonkwo believes they should be and they certainly are not the way they were in the “good ol’ days.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Cloud Nine; Post Colonial Theory Portrayed Through Gender Repression
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This 9 page paper considers the role of gender and race in Caryl Churchill's play 'Cloud Nine'. This play uses disruptive gender performances to illustrate the way in society has repressed and enforced its ideals on those who should have bee free to develop without the interference of pressurised expectations and enforced social perceptions. The parallels between gender repression and the effects of post colonialism are explored and illustrated with numerous quotes form the play. The bibliography cites 6 sources.
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Community and Individual in Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper which analyses the interrelationship between community and individual in Chinua Achebe’s novel of nineteenth-century Africa, Things Fall Apart. The writer looks at the way in which the protagonist’s decline and eventual demise mirror the collapse of his community, and how the flaws of the individual are reflected in the flaws of the society, and are, in the end, fatal to both. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Comparing Three African Writers
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A 1 page discussion that briefly examines three contemporary African writers. The writer argues that the perspective offered by Mariana Ba in So Long the Letter and also Sembene Ousmane in God's Bits of Wood differs from that of V.Y. Mudimbe in The Rift. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Cry, the Beloved Country – Two Fathers Come Together
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Cry, the Beloved Country – Two Fathers Come Together: This 7-page comparative essay examines Alan Paton’s divergent patriarchs, Stephen Kumalo and James Jarvis in Cry, the Beloved Country. The specific events in the novel that ultimately cause them to change are enveloped in the related loss of their sons, their subsequent relationship and the self-revelatory journey each takes while trying to understand the enigmatic behavior of his own child. Bibliography lists 1 source. SNPaton1.doc
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Cultural Change in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A five page paper analyzing Chinua Achebe’s novel from a cultural perspective. The paper holds that while the protagonist Okonkwo is clearly meant to represent the Ibo people under the thumb of British imperialism, Okonkwo really “falls apart” because he is unable to change. No additional sources.
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English use by non-native writers/ Achebe and Walcott
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A 6 page research paper and analysis of the use of English by Chinua Achebe in "Things Fall Apart," and Derek Walcott in "The Star-Apple Kingdom." Both of these writers choose to express himself in the language of colonial oppression— English— rather then in a language native to his region. The writer explores why. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Leopold Senghor/Effect of his Politics on his Poetry
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A 7 page research paper that examines the poetry and politics of Leopold Sedar Senghor, Senegal's first president and one of the people who coined the philosophy of Negritude in the 1930s. The writer examines how Senghor's politics influenced his poetry. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Maternal Issues in Emecheta’s “The Joys of Motherhood”
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A five page paper looking at the portrayal of motherhood in traditional Ibo society, as presented in Buchi Emecheta’s novel. The paper concludes that there are no joys of motherhood when fertility becomes merely a matter of numbers and gender. No additional sources.
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Nawal Sadawi's 'Women at Point Zero'
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A 3 page paper discussing the novel 'Women at Point Zero' by Nawal Sadawi and its linking of issues relating to feminism, sexuality, and culture. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Nectar in a Sieve & Crick-Crack Monkey
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2 page discussion of central characters and society "Nectar in a Sieve" and "Crick Crack Monkey." Books are commonly used in studies relevant to general literature or to studies of the African-American struggle.
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Ngugi’s “Petals of Blood” and Achebe’s “Arrow of God"
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This 5 page report discusses the Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o, also known as James Ngugi (1938 - ) and his fourth novel, “Petals of Blood” (1977). The book serves as both a sarcastic and bitter indictment against the leaders of post-independence Kenya and how they betrayed the country. Chinua Achebe (1930 - ) of Nigeria is one of Africa’s best-known and most honored writers. His “Arrow of God,” the second of Achebe’s novels of colonialism, takes place in the 1920’s after the British have established a presence in Nigeria. No secondary sources.
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Nwoye in Things Fall Apart
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This 5 page paper delves into this novel’s minor character Nwoye and expresses his importance in the work. The father-son relationship is explored as a repetitive element. Gender is noted as being of significance. Quotes are used to support the thesis. The work is the only source listed.
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Ousmane's God's Bits of Wood
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This 5 page paper presents an overview of the work, concentrating on the female protagonists and their roles as well as the significance of the rail workers' strike. The setting is discussed as an important backdrop to present an intricate story of struggle. No additional sources cited.
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Problems and Challenges for Chinua Achebe: "Things Fall Apart"
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A 5 page paper which argues that in the role of women, in "Things Fall Apart," we are presented with an examination of problems and challenges that face Chinua Achebe as a African writer. He is not privy to the same ideals and advantages as American or European writers, and this is heavily reflected in his work. His depiction of women, although rather limited in the novel, serves to present us with an understanding of the conditions and challenges that Chinua faces. No additional sources cited.
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Rifaat's "Telephone Call"
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A 4 page analysis of Alifa Rifaat's short story "The Telephone Call" (from "Distant View of a Minaret" in which the writer attempts to assess the symbolic meaning of the call itself. It is argued that the late-night, anonymous ringing was not a "sign" from the heavens but rather a lesson of faith for its receiver. Full citation listed for the primary source.
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Short Story Reviews
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5 pages worth of brief discussions of 8-10 African short stories; from every region of the continent. Stories reviewed appear in a collective book entitled "African Short Stories." No bibliography.
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Teleology in Sembene’s “God’s Bits of Wood”
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A one-page paper looking at Ousmanne Sembene’s novel from a teleological perspective. The paper defines teleology as the belief that there is a larger purpose for everything that occurs, and shows how this is the operative model for the events described in Sembene’s novel. Bibliography lists one source.
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The Character of Okonkwo and the Reasons For His Downfall, in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”
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A 5 page paper which if Okonkwo’s downfall is due to his character, or if there are other contributing factors as well. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
Filename: TGokdown.rtf

The Human Condition
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The theme of the human condition includes everything that a human can experience while on this planet. It covers culture, age, gender, social status and monetary abilities. This 5 page paper provides a tutorial based on five stories that are centered on the human condition as it relates to the social stereotypes assigned through time and place. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
Filename: KThumcon.wps

The Pacification of the Primitives - Achebe's Presentation of Imperialism in Things Fall Apart
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A 4 page paper that examines the manner in which African author Chinua Achebe challenges traditional ideas of imperialism in his novel entitled Things Fall Apart. A short synopsis of the novel's plot is included, with particular emphasis placed on the sections in which Achebe emphasizes the uneven trade of time honored tradition for Western cultural imperialism. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Themes in Anthills of the Savannah
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This 5 page paper studies Chinua Achebe's use of theme. Thematic elements are identified and critically evaluated. No additional sources cited.
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Things Fall Apart: Ezinma
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A 3 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Ezinma in "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. This character is one of the few representations of women in this book, and the character serves to represent a young woman who is incredibly strong and intelligent, yet weak in body and in perhaps in arguing any position, but this is largely due to the fact that she is a woman, and of little concern in a man's world. No additional sources cited.
Filename: RAfallezi.wps

Things Fall Apart: Nwoye
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A 3 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Nwoye in "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. This character's strengths lie in his ability to look beyond the traditional and accepted. He looks outside of that tradition to see another faith. But, herein also lies some of his weakness for he is, in many ways, running from what frightens him about his own culture. No additional sources cited.
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Things Fall Apart: pride comes before a fall
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This 6 page paper considers 'Things Fall Apart', written by Chinua Achebe. The writer considers both the story and the dialogue of the work, how they bring together an understanding of life and death, pride and prejudice within the Ibo people and the relying impact of the arrival of the white man. The bibliography cites 1 source.
Filename: TEachebe.wps

Women’s Roles in Sembene’s “God’s Bits of Wood”
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A one-page paper on the political and social redefinition of women in Ousmanne Sembene’s novel. The paper points out that although historical records do not support Sembene’s tale of a female-led movement, even the degree of participation women did display required a significant amount of redefinition of gender roles in African society. Bibliography lists one source.
Filename: KBgodsbi.wps

“Mofolo’s ‘Chaka’”
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A paper which looks at Mofolo’s novel ‘Chaka’ and considers its importance in terms of the cultural context in which it was written, the way in which it celebrates traditional African values and cultural practices, and the extent to which Mofolo is able to present a subtle and skilfully implied criticism of European cultural values within the narrative.
Filename: JLchaka.wps

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