Arrow of God
Chinua Achebe's novel "Arrow of God" centers on the main character's battles with colonialism and Christian influences. Ezeulu is the chief priest of multiple Nigerian villages. During the 1920s, his country experiences political and social changes when the British uses colonialism to civilize the people. The Igbo people of Nigeria are the main characters of the story as they worship Ezeulu. The novel begins with a battle that Ezeulu and Umuaro causes with the Okperi people. A British overseer, T.K. Winterbottom, intervenes and resolves the battle. With this context in mind, Achebe structures the work to highlight the relationships between the Nigerians, the British, and Christian missionaries. A significant theme of the work is the Nigerians abandoning their traditional customs for Christianity, which stirs up much resentment between the villagers. Achebe injects conflict into the work when Ezeulu refuses to be a "white man's chief." Ezeulu's beliefs affect how the rest of the characters interact. By the end of "Arrow of God," the villagers lose their faith in Ezeulu.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EadieB - LibraryThing
I found Arrow of God to be a portrait of Igbo culture. After World War II, the British were self-appointed as civilizers and missionaries and it was interesting to read about their frustration at ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Wilhelm_Weber - LibraryThing
Insightful book about old African ways and the changes that colonialism brought about. The discourse of senior and junior administrators, fathers and sons/daughters, husbands and wives, tribes and ... Read full review