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What does the title of the book the District Commissioner is writing reveal about his...

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suveera | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 20, 2007 at 11:41 PM via web

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What does the title of the book the District Commissioner is writing reveal about his attitude towards the clansmen?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 20, 2007 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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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.

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khenson | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 21, 2007 at 2:49 AM (Answer #2)

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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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