Exploring The Impact Of Colonialism

Colonialism

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One of the themes of Things Fall Apart is the effect of colonialism on Umuofian society. Colonialism is the practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. Write responses to the following questions.

  • Interpret the following quotation, rewriting it in your own words: “Colonialism deprives you of your self-esteem and to get it back you have to fight to redress the balance.”
    —Imran Khan
  • What did Imran Khan mean by these words? Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
  • Think about the characters you have met so far in Things Fall Apart. What seems to provide their self-esteem? Would this be compromised by colonialism?
  • Does fighting restore balance?

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