Prompt: Compare the Social Effect Colonization had on your assigned country (according to your research) and Nigeria ( according to your literary book) Guidance: Social effects include but are not limited to Racial inequality, Gender inequality, Religious Norms, Wealth Inequality… Africans had inherited their land, eventually their lives were deteriorated due to European Colonization. The imposition of colonialism in Africa has impacted socially through history. When the Europeans arrived and settled, they changed Africans way of living, their economy, and even their cultural development, all due to colonialism. As in the book, Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe explains to us how the British brushed out their culture.
Likewise, the country Egypt were colonized by them.THINGS FALL APART ANALYSISChinua Achebe novel, Things Fall Apart, was part of a post colonial era at the social and cultural consequences of the British missionaries arrival to Nigeria. The novel is widely renowned for the part were European missionaries come to the village to convert villagert to Christians. Throughout the novel we can observe the social a observe the social and cultural consequences of colonialism by examining the pre and postcolonial Igbo tribe.Tensions develop and through a missionary’s misguided effort to talk to a village woman, he kills an ancestral spirit by unmasking her egwugwu. The villagers retaliate by burning the missionaries hut. The district commissioner then responds by arresting the elders of the Umuofia clan. Finally once they are released, the elders and Okonkwo hold a meeting to discuss their course action until suddenly court messengers come and tell the elders to desist from meeting.
Okonkwo impulsively kills one of the messengers in his anger. He then realizes that he has made a tragic mistake because his clan is not willing to go to war with the Europeans missionaries. Okonkwo decides the only solution to the quandary he has put himself in is to commit suicide.
Throughout the novel, a Marxist approach can be taken to observe the social and cultural consequences of colonialism by examining the pre and postcolonial Igbo tribe.EGYPT ANALYSIS Before colonization, Egypt was ruled by pharaohs. Pharaohs were considered to be divine and as mortal rulers. They were the god-kings of ancient Egypt who ruled between 3150 B.C. and 30 B.C.
Around thirty one dynasties ruled from the Early Dynastic Period to the Ptolemaic Period. One of the pharaohs was a woman named Hatshepsut. SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES Colonialism exploited the physical and human economic resources. European power persuades the development of a trading system, a cash crop agriculture a trade network. In Egypt 90 percent of its exports were cotton which the British controlled, ensuring their prosperity and the ability of the service whose purpose was to expand Egypt cotton production. According to The Earl of Cromer, British took charge of Egypt their reason was that it was necessary to intervene or else the unstable economy would destroy Egypt. In their colony, they created a great infrastructure. The purpose of the infrastructure was to transport the cotton and other products quickly and safely.
Then, when they left, Egyptians received great roads and railways where they could mobilize and transport products just as the British did. Similarly to Things Fall Apart were Europeans told Nigerians how to grow their farms by growing more to sell it on the open market. European customs are inherently superior to those of the Igbo people, “Does the white man understand our custom about land?” “How can he when he doesn’t even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad” (Achebe 183)CONCLUSION