Comparing and Contrasting Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart
Melisa Chan English Language and Literature Instructor Van Andel ------------------------------------------------- February 1, 2013 Viewing Africa From Two Sides Of A Coin. There aren’t frequent stranges environing the penny countenance of Africa on compassshelves, chiefly not stranges written by an cause who knows Africa best during the age of its pre-colonial end. Things Fall Adistribute is a strange excellence lection accordingly it’s eye opener for those delay not-very-positive stereotypes of the continent. In reality, it has been said that Things Fall Adistribute was written as a reply to another strange, The Heart of Darkness.
This is accordingly in the passing strange, Africa was ended in a sombreer trifling paralleld to the preceding strange. Thus, it’s recognized that there accomplish be differences and congruousities betwixt the two stranges. However, turgid that Things Fall Adistribute substance written as a reply to The Heart of Darkness is a reality; there accomplish be further differences than congruousities unarranged the two stranges, chiefly in provisions of its cause, apex of end, and the belowstanding of the strange towards Africa and how the Africans treated in the stranges. One of the exhibitions in which the two stranges accept further differences than congruousities is the cause.
In provisions of the cause, The Heart of Darkness was written by Joseph Conrad, a non-African. He wrote the strange in Europe in 1902. This was during the Victorian Era below the government of Queen Victoria. Apparently, in Europe, the African continent was ended as a sombre continent. This is perpublicate due to the reality that it was paralleld to Europe itself where everything is civilized and well-behaved-acquainted to them seeing Africa was a settle of obscurity and the obscure. On the other laborer, Things Fall Adistribute was written by Chinua Achebe, an African who wrote this strange greatly succeeding than Joseph Conrad, which was tail in 1958.
This strange was written in Africa but published in England, discongruous The Heart of Darkness which was written and published in the selfselfsame continent. In attention, it was written during the pre-colonial end anteriorly they gained anarchy. Discongruous Joseph Conrad who was a intruder to Africa, Chinua Achebe knew his province as well-behaved-behaved as he knew himself, thus, he gave Africa and its vulgar further animation and made their personalities and amelioration homogeneous as directive and vibrant as those environing the universe. Furthermore, there weren’t any use of similitude of the continent to other continents.
The similitudes used in Things Fall Adistribute were recognized similitudes betwixt vulgar and persomal villages. Another exhibition in which we can parallel and dishomogeneousness the two stranges is the apex of end in which they were written. The Heart of Darkness was written in the earliest-person apex of end, through Marlow’s eyes. A rather rare fashion of letter that Conrad used for The Heart of Darkness was that the strange was written as a embrace incident delay a earliest-person account delayin a earliest-person account.
The frame-follower is used to define Marlow’s account of his own incident opportunity the other earliest-person follower is Marlow himself, depicting his publicate in the Congo. Discongruous a illustrative earliest-person fashion, Marlow’s earliest-person account is directed not towards the reader but to the men on the boat on the Thames. The frame-follower on the other laborer is narrating for the reader, the exterior interview. It seemed affect Conrad was lection loudly Marlow’s tramp log. Things Fall Adistribute on the other laborer was written in the third-person apex of end.
Instead of letter through the eyes of an African, the incident of Things Fall Adistribute was written through the cause’s eyes, as if he’s letter his observations of Okonkwo and the Igbo vulgar. Things Fall Adistribute was written true affect a illustrative incident compass which contained trivial interrelated stories, chiefly in the earliest distribute of the compass. It was written in a way that depicted a newfangled day-to-day cause of the vulgar of Okonkwo’s nativity and his village. Besides that, the belowstanding and tenor of Africa and its populace are very contrariant betwixt the two stranges.
In The Heart of Darkness, the Africans were depicted as ““savage” Africans” (“excerpt”: motifs and themes). They were treated affect animals and slaves. In reality, the African slaves were defined as soulless, as if they were space shells used to composition for the Europeans, “… They passed me delayin six inches, delayout a conjecture, delay that generous deathaffect unimportance of drear savages. ” Flush the Congo River was depicted as tortuous, sombre and deceitful, paralleld to the Thames River which was depicted as a settle of trifling, disengaged and free.
In Things Fall Apart, still, Africa and its vulgar were depicted as generous of permanence and animation. The vulgar of Umuofia were diligent vulgar who compositioned on their farms delay emotion and object. They too accept a significance of conceit and selfrespect. For model, the vulgar of Umuofia accomplish simply invasion another village simply if it was by the adregular of the Oracle or they accomplish be punished. This can be proven by an draw from the strange: “…never went to war true its subject was disengaged and true and was not spurious as such by its Oracle…the Oracle had forbidden Umuofia to wage a war.
If the clan had disobeyed the Oracle, they would accept been beaten…never contest…a contest of blame” (12). Flush the environment seemed to be alert. There were veers in clime, farming and harvesting occasions and flush the occasion where the locusts came. When comparing and dissimilaritying these two stranges, a few congruousities can be signed. Earliest of all, they are congruous in the way that they were written environing Africa in the cause’s relative perspectives. They neither relied on showy sources nor let them bias their letter fashion and texture of their letter.
Another congruousity is that they twain showed goods of the subsidence of the Europeans on the persomal aggregation though they were introduced at contrariant ages in each strange. Subsidence goods apprehend damage of the African amelioration and principles and too a veer in animationfashion of the persomal aggregation. The hierarchy of the persomal aggregation was too restless. In twain stranges, Africans who were deemed to be greatly cherished were feeble to absolute retainers or slaves. The congruousities signed are subordinately showy congruousities accordingly opposing having congruous exhibitions, at a closer face, these congruousities too direct differences.
In misrecord, there are further differences than congruousities betwixt these two stranges. This is perpublicate as expected accordingly these two stranges were written by two contrariant vulgar of contrariant nationalities, tailgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, they were written in two contrariant age ends. We cannot and should not critic which of these two stranges is rectify. We should see these two stranges as equals in provisions of notice sources accordingly by lection, belowstanding and comparing these two stranges, we get a rectify belowstanding of Africa from twain sides of a invent.
Thus, our perspective and experience of Africa is now broader and naturalized on this, we can see Africa in a contrariant trifling. Whether we see it in a rectify or worse trifling is completely up to us to career. However, at the very smallest, we accept recurrent the arguments environing Africa to aid our adjudication. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 2010. Excerpt from Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness. Date of access: 31 January 2013. <http://www. historyteacher. net/HistoryThroughFilm/FilmReadings/ExcerptsFromJoseph Conrad-HeartOfDarkness. pdf> Comparing and Contrasting the Novel, Heart of Darkness. " 123HelpMe. com. 23 Feb 2013 <http://www. 123HelpMe. com/view. asp? id=14571>. “Ibo Religion in Things Fall Apart”. Religion-Culture-and-Stories. Licensed below a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Aaffect 3. 0 License. Date of access: 30 January 2013. <http://religion-culture-and- stories. wikispaces. com/5. +Ibo+Religion+in+Things+Fall+Apart> “The Art of Account in Heart of Darkness”. Introduction to Heart of Darkness. Date of access: 23 February 2013. < http://home. roadrunner. com/~jhartzog/heartofdarknessintro. html>