Citations Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, a political and cultural novel, is set in Nigeria in the early twentieth century when colonization by British government officials and Christian missionaries was well underway. In this novel two cultures confront their differences.
Taken from his Girls at War and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Achebe may be exploring the theme of modernity and tradition.
Though both Nnaemeka and Nene live in Lagos, a modern city in Nigeria, Nnaemeka is very much aware of the importance of tradition particularly when it comes to his father Okeke.
Who has arranged for Nnaemeka to marry a girl from his village despite the fact that Nnaemeka is due to marry Nene. With Nnaemeka following a more modern path to marriage and rather than having a wife chosen for him by his father prefers instead to choose who he is to marry.
Throughout the story Okeke also shows signs of being stubborn. Refusing to even acknowledge Nene either before or after she marries Nnaemeka. Symbolically this may be important as it suggests that Okeke does not give any recognition to Nene.
Which would further highlight to the reader just how important tradition is to Okeke. Rather than seeing his son happy he remains rooted to tradition. What is also interesting about the story is the role that women play in the village.
Ugoye is chosen by Okeke to marry Nnaemeka. She is given no option and is following the dictate of her father and Okeke. Also there is no mention of Okeke having a wife or Nnaemeka having a mother.
This may be deliberate as Achebe could be suggesting that rather than Okeke being a widower his wife has no input like Ugoye.
In essence the women of the village are silent. The only woman in the story who has an independent voice is Nene and she does not live in the village. In essence Achebe could be suggesting that just as Okeke wants to control who Nnaemeka marries likewise the women who live in the village are also being controlled by the men in the village.
No equality may exist between male and female within the village. The reality being that life in the village may revolve around traditional gender roles with the male being dominant. Whereas in Lagos Nene as mentioned has her own voice and is not hindered by Nnaemeka. She is allowed to express herself.
The end of the story is also interesting as Achebe appears to be exploring the theme of change and remorse.Standard 1: Foundational Skills begin at prekindergarten and focus on early childhood, with some standards reflected through Grade grupobittia.com foundational skills are a necessary and important component of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend text, both literary and informational, across disciplines.
🔥Citing and more! Add citations directly into your paper, Check for unintentional plagiarism and check for writing mistakes. Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist and author of 'Things Fall Apart,' a work that in part led to his being called the 'patriarch of the African novel.' Famed writer and educator Chinua Achebe Born: Nov 16, The short story "The Voter" by Chinua Achebe is about old customs and monetary bribes colliding to rig a local village election, which looks at the relationship between African culture while exposing the conflict between traditional African beliefs and the modernism introduced by British colonialism.
In The Voter by Chinua Achebe we have the theme of corruption, loyalty, guilt, power, greed and tradition.
Taken from his Girls at War and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Achebe may be exploring the theme of corruption.
In Marriage is a Private Affair by Chinua Achebe we have the theme of modernity, tradition, control, conflict, stubbornness, gender roles, independence, change and remorse.