The Issue of Land in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart(1958) and Zakes Mda’s The Heart of Redness(2000)
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This piece of research is a comparative study between two African literary works, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart(1958) and Zakes Mda’s The Heart Of Redness(2000). It studies the issue of land in both novels. First, We have tried to demonstrate that though the two novels are not written in the same period, they can be studied under the same theme of land. Their shared elements can be seen through the themes explored in each work. Second, to demonstrate these similarities, we have conducted our study in the light of Frantz Fanon’s theory of revolutionary violence developed in his book The Wretched Of The Earth(1963). This theory studies how a colonized nation can gain its independence and liberation from the colonizer by using violence. We have studied the pre-colonial order and tradition in the two novels .Then, we have demonstrated the changes brought by the British colonizer into the Igbo and Xhosa lands. Finally, we had depicted the natives’ struggle to gain their liberation.Throughout the anlysis of Achebe’s and Mda’s texts, we came to the conclusion that the two writers dealt with the same colonial phenomenon and that the works echoed the same issue.
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