Sample Essay

Things Fall Apart differs from the previous two works in several ways.  Among the most evident is the fact that while Conrad and Coleridge were white European men writing about a foreign land, Achebe is a Nigerian author writing in English about his country of origin.  In Chapter 7, Achebe describes the arrival of the settlers in a metaphor: “And at last the locusts did descend.

They settled on every tree and on every blade of grass; they settled on the roofs and covered the bare ground. Mighty tree branches broke away under them and the whole country became the brown-earth color of the vast, hungry swarm” (Achebe 56).  Achebe shows us this invasion through the eyes of the natives, and gives us the sense of violation and sadness that besets the natives of foreign lands when they’re invaded by outsiders.  Similarly to Heart of Darkness, Achebe’s pre-1900 story of oppression and violence sees the invading colonizers in a truer light than the European contemporaries of the characters did.

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