What does the title of the book the District Commissioner is writing reveal about his attitude towards the clansmen?
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The title of the book the district commissioner is writing is "The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger."
The very idea that the DC characterizes the people as "primitive" says a lot about how he views the clansmen: as lesser, as uncivilized, as needing to be "tamed."
The commissioner is responsible for putting the clansmen on trial for breaking the "white man's law." The DC will never be able to understand the people as he is completely without empathy or respect for their way of life.
The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger
The term pacification is key within the title. The DC's role in Nigeria is to force the natives into submission under the white rule.
The word primitive is incredibly subjective. Achebe skillfully proves that the Ibo people are far from uncivilized. From the complex wedding and funeral celebrations to their judicial system, one could hardly say that their culture is a primitive one.
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