The idea of colonization is that the "civilized and advanced" race brought—with their "protection"—better ways to live, as if the traditions of the Nigerian tribes were deficient, although their tribal rituals and beliefs had served them well for many years.
Christianity shook the time-honored beliefs of the natives, destroyed the tribal way of life and changed the face of Nigeria forever. When confronted with a European messenger, Okonkwo kills him in hopes of starting a noble war against the missionaries, but rather than rally to the attack, his clan only asks, "Why did he do it?
Marlow further belittles Africans by depicting the natives as prehistoric and simple. The Belgian traders wanted to harvest the natural resources in the Congo, particularly the ivory trade—in doing so, they became obscenely rich on the backs—and over the bodies—of the natives.
Their societies were not mindless, but frequently had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty. Marlow also compares the natives to animals in describing one of the workers on the ship.
Obierika says, "You know very well, Okonkwo, that I am not afraid of blood; and if anyone tells you that I am, he is telling a lie. He knows very well about the language and their cultural routes. To contrast this stereotype, Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apartshowing a civilized and structured African society.
They appear only sporadically in the text. Marlow combines the ideas that Africans are indistinguishable, savage, and primitive and reflects this image in the representation of Africa. And let me tell you one thing, my friend. In fact, "He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking up and falling apart, and he mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had so unaccountably become soft like women" While looking both the novel with several perspectives, my attempt of comparing these both works, I can say that the time of colonialism, treatment of the society, rigidity, cruelty, mindset, mind map of the characters.
From the European perspective of Heart of Darknessthis lack of self-control is one of the elements that makes Africans savage. He believes that "one is either a man or a woman: Christianity also had a tremendous effect on tribal life: Combining this obsession with masculinity and the inability to be both masculine and feminine creates a character that fears anything feminine: Indeed, one of the primary tasks of Things Fall Apart is to confront this lack of understanding between the Igbo culture and the colonialist culture.
They are starving and there is a look of death in their eyes. The natives are so primitive that they are denied language. This novel has discredited the idea of Heart of Darkness by showing the image of Africa before colonialism came into existence. The repression of the natives is obvious to the narrator Marlow ; the men carrying the earth are chained together, working as slaves.
Heart of Darkness illustrates the European notions that all Africans are the same: In Heart of DarknessJoseph Conrad shows Africa through the perspective of the colonizing Europeans, who tend to depict all the natives as savages.
So one can say that both are considered as highly intellectual and democratize. Unfortunately, the protagonist of Things Fall Apart was not an accurate representation of a civilized African. Though most of the novel is focused on Okonkwo, the narrator generally provides insight into the thoughts of most characters.
Conrad 17 This portrayal shows the natives as "shadows" and unearthly "creatures," not as dying men. This is a continuing theme in the story.
This omission of language suggests that the Africans are not sophisticated enough to have anything important to contribute to the plot.
The use of English is presents the complexities and depths of an African culture to readers of other cultures as well as to readers of his own culture.
However, since the Missionaries had said nothing on arrival, Umuofia wisdom says, "Never kill a man who says nothing. Okonkwo beats his family without restraint. They were dying slowly—it was very clear. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness.Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness shows how differently two cultures can perceive greed, corruption, and power.
The authors experience two complete different views due to their particular scenario. Similarities between Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness - Download as Word Doc .doc /.docx), PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online.5/5(2).
In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad shows Africa through the perspective of the colonizing Europeans, who tend to depict all the natives as savages. In response to Conrad's stereotypical depiction of Africans, Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart through the point of view of the natives to show Africans, not as primitives, but as.
Things Fall Apart works like a historical novel (Lukacs), with its sights on the cultural revolution in the offing, and represents character in letting the sequence unfold.
In The Heart of Darkness, on the other hand, narrative attention is focused more on the characters themselves, observing, commenting, assessing.
Comparing and Contrasting the Role of Women in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness - Role of Women in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness Women were once little more than slaves to their male "betters." Some women might have been respected, but their places were limited to roles as wives and mothers.
There are very distinct differences between the Belgian traders in Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and the Imperialists in Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
In Conrad's Heart of Darkness, though Leopold II reasoned that "seizing" the Congo for Belgium would ultimately help the natives, the truth is that nothing was established to help these people.Download