Depicted as an opportunist and clown, Okong nevertheless possesses the acute sensitivity of the court lackey for saying what may be only at an unconscious level in the mind of...(The entire section is 2,275 words.) Literary Heritage Typical of African cultures, Nigeria's storytelling comes from a long oral tradition.
For Achebe and his alter ego in the novel, who calls on Walt Whitman as a poet-witness to the multitude of perspectives even within the individual, orthodoxy or lack of contradiction is anathema to political thought and art.
Sam’s rule over Kangan is fatally flawed precisely because it demands confirmation and forbids contradiction.
While Chris has since continued to advise his old friend on matters of state according to his own convictions, Sam has become increasingly autocratic and dependent on advisers anxious only to reflect his fears and suspicions.
Ikem has stubbornly refused to betray his own social conscience in his editorials; finally, he becomes an unbearable thorn in the side of the fragile tyranny.
The purpose of oral literature is not only to entertain, but also to instruct and honor.
The strong oral tradition in Africa is a major influence for twentieth-century Nigerian writers such as Amos Tutuola Chinua Achebe and Nobel Prize-winner Wole Soyinka.
His training as a military officer at Sandhurst has blinded him to compromise and taught him to perceive in the absolute terms of a tyrant.
In his mind, the longtime loyalty of his two friends seems to be evolving into treason.
During this interim, he published poetry, short stories, essays, juvenile literature, and a critical treatise on Nigeria and taught on university campuses both in Africa and in the United States.
Author of probably the most widely read African novel ever written (, 1958), Achebe has been mentioned as a candidate to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Wole Soyinka, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.