The use of the epistolary form in So Long a Letter is an essential merging and, at the same time, a critique of how Western prescription has intruded upon traditional values by African people. Discuss this with specific reference to the consequences of postcolonialism.

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This powerful text exhibits the consequences of postcolonialism through describing the way that traditional cultural values have been influenced, or in some cases replaced completely, by Western values. This, in postcolonial terms, has produced a hybrid culture that the characters in this text express ambivalence about. For example, on the one hand Ramatoulaye is very concerned about the way that her daughters have taken up behaviours that are particularly Western, such as smoking and dressing in a non-traditional fashion. She is afraid that this influence of Western culture will not...

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