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An Analysis of the Ugliness of Colonizations and the Importance of Language in the Essays The African Writer and the English Language by Chinua Achebe and The Language of the African Literature by Ngugi Wa Thiongo
Word Count: 890
Word Count: 890
Language is a great power which forms a huge part of people culture and identity its also enabling them to express themselves and keep their history In colonized regions the issue of colonial and native language became the subject of discussion between critics In relation Chinua Achebe The African writer and the English Language and Ngugi Wa Thiongo The Language of the African Literature essays I will discuss what do these two writers have in common and in what way they are different As we all know Colonizing power is trying to control their colonies by cutting out their native languages and replace them with their own so the colonizers realize the power of language each language is heavily embodied with specific culture religion identity and history so when these things are cutting off within the language it will be easy for the colonizer to re-form the colony in any way they want At that time critics start to question in what Language African Literature should be produced For Chinua Achebe replacing the native Language is not a problem The African writer should aim to use English in away that brings out his message best without altering the Language to the extent that its value As a medium of international exchange will be lost he should aim at fashioning out an English which is at once universal and able to carry his peculiar experience Chinua Achebe 433 Achebe believes that Language can be considered as a barrier between two cultures in addition English is a universal Language which gives African writers more chance to spread their own ideas and culture to most parts of the world Achebe uses the English Language for the aim of universality He wrote his novel Things fall a part in English to convey the Igbo experience in addition to his use of local idioms proverbs and imagery of his own culture by this Achebe is able to communicate
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