AFSA01- Lec 6
He has to write the first African novel right, and do justice to the way people
themselves would tell stories.
Pg 96 – Characteristics of oral story-telling culture: short, concrete imagery,
action-filled, at the centre there is conflict, repetitive and memoric.
This is a trickster story, there is pleasure in the story.
Famine and feasting are a big part of the Umofia area, so the story is based on
things that people know.
Time and place are made up
Lots of dialogue, characters are types (the coward, the strong)
Simple sentences and additive sentences
Achebe’s Style of Writing
- sentences are additive
Characters are revealed in conflict
Characters are types – Okonko is the strong man who is afraid of being weak
His style echoes oral story telling: he is writing about people who don’t have novels
or literacy to do justice
There is repetition in his writing (Okonkwo’s son Nwoye, tortoise the cunning, etc.)
You are the stories that people tell a