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An Analysis of European Colonialism through a Comparison of "Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya and "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe
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COMPARATIVE ESSAY Literature today has given us an inside view of the trials and tribulations that original inhabitants endure do to European colonization Colonialism is defined as a practice of ruling nations as colonies a policy in which a country rules other nations and develops trade for its own benefit Colonialism also has many indirect effects such as bringing about social and economical change in most cases under duress Colonialism has had an immense impact on the world therefore it being reflected in much of todays literature isnt surprising Ive recently read the books Nectar in a Sieve written by Kamala Markandaya and Thing Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe Both books have strong accounts of European colonialism entwined with an entrancing account of the trials and tribulations that characters such as Okonkwo and Ruku face during changing times in a once united country A book that has such accurate and meaningful accounts of important historical events has helped me to better understand the social economical and political effects of enforced colonialism because the consequences of an unwillingly reformed nation are better understood through personal accounts of historical events Throughout this paper I will continue to discuss the effects of colonialism shown throughout both Nectar in a Sieve and Things Fall Apart Ill contrast the different historical events that occurred in both books as well as find similarities between them Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya is a relatively short novel that introduces Western life in rural India and the changes that occurred during that countrys British colonization The book has many different levels of impacts from colonization On the most basic level it is the story of an arranged but loving marriage and rural peasant life On another level it is a tale of indomitable human spirit that overcomes poverty and unending misfortune And lastly it is a novel about the conflicts between a traditional agricultural culture and a burgeoning industrial
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