This is because in the latter novel, Africa was viewed in a darker light compared to the former novel.
How to Write a Summary of an Article? This is because in the latter novel, Africa was viewed in a darker light compared to the former novel. However, assuming that Things Fall Apart being written as a response to The Heart of Darkness is a fact; there will be more differences than similarities among the two novels, especially in terms of its author, point of view, and the perception of the novel towards Africa and how the Africans treated in the novels.
One of the aspects in which the two novels have more differences than similarities is the author. He wrote the novel in Europe in This was during the Victorian Era under the rule of Queen Victoria. Apparently, in Europe, the African continent was viewed as a dark continent.
This is perhaps due to the fact that it was compared to Europe itself where everything is civilized and familiar to them whereas Africa was a place of mystery and the unknown. On the other hand, Things Fall Apart was written by Chinua Achebe, an African who wrote this novel much later than Joseph Conrad, which was back in This novel was written in Africa but published in England, unlike The Heart of Darkness which was written and published in the same continent.
In addition, it was written during the pre-colonial period before they gained independence.
Unlike Joseph Conrad who was a foreigner to Africa, Chinua Achebe knew his country as well as he knew himself, thus, he gave Africa and its people more life and made their personalities and culture equally as significant and vibrant as those around the world.
The comparisons used in Things Fall Apart were normal comparisons between individuals and local villages. Another aspect in which we can compare and contrast the two novels is the point of view in which they were written. A rather unique style of writing that Conrad used for The Heart of Darkness was that the novel was written as a double story with a first-person narration within a first-person narration.
The frame-narrator on the other hand is narrating for the reader, the outer audience. Things Fall Apart on the other hand was written in the third-person point of view. Things Fall Apart was written just like a typical story book which contained small interrelated stories, especially in the first part of the book.
Besides that, the perception and treatment of Africa and its inhabitants are very different between the two novels. They were treated like animals and slaves. In Things Fall Apart, however, Africa and its people were depicted as full of vigor and life.
The people of Umuofia were hardworking people who worked on their farms with passion and purpose. They also have a sense of pride and honor.
For example, the people of Umuofia will only attack another village only if it was by the order of the Oracle or they will be punished.
This can be proven by an extract from the novel: Even the environment seemed to be alive. There were changes in weather, farming and harvesting seasons and even the season where the locusts came.
When comparing and contrasting these two novels, a few similarities can be identified. They neither relied on external sources nor let them influence their writing style and context of their writing. Another similarity is that they both showed effects of the colonization of the Europeans on the local community though they were introduced at different times in each novel.
Colonization effects include loss of the African culture and principles and also a change in lifestyle of the local community. The hierarchy of the local community was also disturbed. In both novels, Africans who were supposed to be highly regarded were degraded to mere followers or slaves.
The similarities identified are somewhat superficial similarities because despite having similar aspects, at a closer look, these similarities also express differences. In conclusion, there are more differences than similarities between these two novels.
This is perhaps as expected because these two novels were written by two different people of different nationalities, backgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, they were written in two different time periods.
We cannot and should not judge which of these two novels is better. We should see these two novels as equals in terms of information sources because by reading, understanding and comparing these two novels, we get a better understanding of Africa from both sides of a coin.
Thus, our perspective and knowledge of Africa is now broader and based on this, we can see Africa in a different light. Whether we see it in a better or worse light is entirely up to us to decide. However, at the very least, we have established the arguments about Africa to aid our judgment.
Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Introduction to Heart of Darkness.Heart of Darkness Things Fall Apart Comparative Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart both illustrate different ways of presenting Africa in literature.
In Heart of Darkness, Conrad shows Africa through the eyes the White European Men, who depict the African natives as "savage".
Similar to the novel Heart of Darkness, the archetypal approach of the battle between light, or good, and dark, being evil, is commonly known in the literary world. This contrast is used to display the importance of the subject. Various parallels can be drawn when comparing and contrasting Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Frank Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", while taking into consideration Heart of Darkness is a novella and "Apocalypse Now" is a film.
A comparison and contrast can be made between the two. Both have the same themes but entirely different settings. Heart of Darkness takes place on the Congo River in the Heart of Africa while Apocalypse Now is set in Vietnam.4/4(1). Essay on Comparing and Contrasting Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness - Acclaimed Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, is a story about Okonkwo, a man from the fictional village of Umuofia.
- Various parallels can be drawn when comparing and contrasting Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Frank Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", while taking into consideration Heart of Darkness is a novella and "Apocalypse Now" is a film.