Chinua Achebe has always been praised for his devotion to and pride of his African heritage to the extent that his novels are sometimes described as realistic and anthropologically informative portrait of traditional African societies. The proposed paper will examine Chinua Achebe's utilization of certain elements of African cultural heritage in two of his novels: Things fall Apart (1958) and Arrow of God (1965), with an eye to proving how Achebe uses African tradition to enhance his theme and to lend his language and style a native flavor and force.
This paper will examine the significance of certain African traditional elements (i.e. proverbs, folk tales, folk songs, and religious rituals) in Achebe's writing, and how they provide thematic control to his narrative structures. The purpose of this study is to illustrate how Achebe uses such elements to show the complexity and sophistication of African culture before the arrival of Europeans, and to reveal the deep wounds colonialism had inflicted upon the country's cultural heritage. The paper also emphasizes how Achebe plays a significant role in the preservation of his African heritage.
Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of English,Faculty of Arts, South Valley University