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What is the key issue that was raised in Things Fall Apart? Why is it so?

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kenzy142 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM via web

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What is the key issue that was raised in Things Fall Apart? Why is it so?

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tisjay | College Teacher | Honors

Posted September 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the key issues raised in the novel, is the question of whether the Igbo people benefited from the Colonial experience or whether they were better off as they were, even though some of their practices were based on ignorance and superstition? There is no clear answer to this; because there are pluses and minuses on both sides.  Despite their ignorance and supersition there was a kind of beauty and harmony in their daily life before the coming of the colonisers. On the other hand, the colonial experience, traumatic though it was for the Igbo people, did bring the light of knowledge to this world. However, whatever its benefits, no people should be taken over by force or cunning. It is immoral, and with the benefit of hindsight, it can be said that the Igbo people should have been left to choose their own course of action.

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