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Civil Peace is a short story which was written in the 20th century by Chinua Achebe Nigeria was torn apart by a civil war and currently in Nigeria the country is united after the bloody war The author tries to encourage his native Nigerian people with a short story that is filled with optimism Chinua Achebes short story can be analyzed in regard to the three important literary elements which are characterization tone and conflict Achebes goal as a writer was to depict his people He learned about his own people who were once a part of the Igbo civilization by interviewing older people and reading the writings of colonial administration missionaries Short Stories for Students Volume pg 17 Once the civil war began he decided to shift gears from writing novels and focus on poetry and short stories which one is Civil Peace Achebe was born in 1930 in a village in eastern Nigeria His father worked for a Church Missionary Society Achebes early education was through the societys school Achebe began learning English at the age of 8 Wikipedia pg 1 Once he was 14 he became one of the few selected to attend the Ibadan University he studied English literature After he graduated Achebe had a short stint as a teacher A year later he became a producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation where he remained for 12 years Short Stories for Students Volume pg 17 After his producing days he decided to become a full time author where he published a few novels short stories and essays on politics and literature In 1994 Achebe had to flee Nigeria because of the threat of being jailed He moved to the United States and is currently a professor In 1999 he was awarded the goodwill ambassador to the world the United Nations population Fund Wikipedia page 3 Civil Peace has an interesting plot structure The main character in Civil Peace is Jonathan Iwegbu
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