Themes in arrow of god by chinua achebe

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Arrow of God (The African Trilogy, #3) by Chinua Achebe

Set in the Igbo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africas best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.

Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest of the god Ulu, is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. But his authority is increasingly under threat—from rivals within his tribe, from functionaries of the colonial government, and even from his own family members. Yet he believes himself to be untouchable: surely he is an arrow in the bow of his God? Armed with this belief, he is prepared to lead his people, even if it is towards their own destruction. But his people will not be dominated so easily.

Spare and powerful, Arrow of God is an unforgettable portrayal of the loss of faith, and the downfall of a man in a society forever altered by colonialism.
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Chinua achebe - Arrow of God : Plot summary

Arrow of God explores how Igbo spirituality and religious life dies an ignominious death when confronted by Christianity.
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Arrow of God Themes

Arrow of God is a novel by Chinua Achebe , his third. It followed his book Things Fall Apart. These two works, along with the third book, No Longer at Ease , are sometimes called The African Trilogy , as they share similar settings and themes. The novel centers on Ezeulu, the chief priest of several Igbo villages in Colonial Nigeria , who confronts colonial powers and Christian missionaries in the s. The phrase "Arrow of God" is drawn from an Igbo proverb in which a person, or sometimes an event, is said to represent the will of God.

Questions About Religion

The Igbo cosmology, which governs the culture and institutions of Umuaro, structures and penetrates every aspect of the story in Arrow of God. It is a world in which all these interact, affecting and modifying behavior, a world that is delicately balanced between opposing forces, each motivated by its self-interest, a world whose survival demands some form of cooperation among its members, although that cooperation may be minimal and even hostile in character. It is a world in which others can be manipulated for the sake of the individual status advancement, the goal of Igbo life. Part-man and part-god, Ezeulu himself embodies this duality. In Arrow of God , we see the calendar, religion, social mores, customary dress, and other facets of Igbo culture imperiled by the religious, cultural, political, and topographical interventions of the British. Achebe also hints at the more pedestrian and impersonal ways that colonialism interrupts Igbo society, such as the English goods that flood local markets, or the roads that newly connect different villages.

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