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Assessing Tension and Conflict in Things Fall Apart and Clear Light of Day

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Tension and Conflict in Things Fall Apart and Clear Light of Day How does the tension between traditional and modern views of the world play out in Achebe's "Things Fall Apart", and Desai's "Clear Light of Day"?     In the Achebe's and Desai's novels, tension and conflict between the new and the older, traditional and contemporary are the strong undercurrents that move the story and the reader right into an unconscious emotional uneasiness. In both books, the background and the narrative are engrossed in a struggle between two worlds, the new and the old fighting its own struggles in the characters portrayed within.   Achebe makes his stand in southern Nigeria while Desai exemplifies her stage at Old Delhi.     In the first part of "Things Fall Apart", Achebe, portrays a traditional African American culture, but one on the verge of change.   Early in the publication you can see change is currently taking place. " ...in the past a man who broke the serenity was hauled on the floor throughout the village till he expired. But after a while this habit was stopped because it spoiled the peace which it had been supposed to preserve." But customs continued , including ritual killing and banishment of one of the village leaders. But things start to change more quickly with the coming of the missionaries. When they gave them the "evil forest" to build their own churches on there was no turning back. Many of the abused and outcast were converted when they saw these new folks prospered from the evil lands. The people started to revolt against their traditional gods. "Three converts had gone to the village and boasted openly that...

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