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Jago Morrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719084362

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719084362.001.0001

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Arrow of God

Arrow of God

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Chinua Achebe

Jago Morrison

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses Arrow of God in relation to its historical setting, reading it alongside the analysis of subsequent historians Adielo Afigbo, Ifi Amadiume and Gloria Chuku. As this reveals, what is again striking about Achebe's third novel is the extent to which he underplays Igbo resistance to the British, especially resistance by women. While colonialism is shown as an often muddled and self- divided enterprise, Achebe's Umuofia needs little help from foreign incursion to fall apart as a result of its own internal contradictions and rivalries. Once again, as we see modern Nigeria in the making, the nation is shown as little other than a messy product of ignorance, ill-designed policy and the corrupt practices.

Keywords:   Achebe, Chinua, Arrow of God, Nigeria, Indirect Rule, Colonialism, Afigbo, Adielo, Amadiume, Ifi, Chuku, Gloria, Gender, Resistance

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