What were the author's intentions in writing Arrow of God, and what is a summary of the novel?

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In Arrow of God, Chinua Achebe explores the gulf of communication between British colonizers and West Africans, as well as chronicling the disintegration of the Igbo culture as the British forces take control over life in Nigeria. The main character, Ezeulu, is a priest for the Igbo who is befriended by powerful members of the British colonial force—in particular, Captain T. K. Winterbottom, who eventually will offer a kind of symbolic rule over his people to Ezeulu. In the end, tragedy undermines Ezeulu's position in his tribe, as he stubbornly refuses to signal the start to...

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