The Cultural Impact upon Human Struggle for social Existence in Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart."

Mohamed Fawzy El-Dessouky


              This article aims at illustrating the nature of the cultural conflict, as it represented in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. This study will clear to us the clash between the African black culture represented by the Ibo tribe and the white one imposed by the British Colonialism. The majesty of Achebe existed in the vivid description of place and people, how he was able to show the inner conflict that took place inside the major characters in their pursuit of mere existence within a declining culture in the face of a tyrannical white one. The conflict has two aspects; an internal, which can be, traced within the same culture among its members and sometimes inside a specific character, on the other hand an external conflict that took place between two cultures, the African and the British one. The pursuit of mere existence is the dominant theme within this novel. All search for their existence whether on individual level or cultural level.

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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