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Realism in "Tamas" and "Things Fall Apart"

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A comparative study: Tamas and Things fall Apart Tamas and things fall apart come under the term postcolonial literature. Post colonial literature refers to any piece of literature written after the end of world war two,when all the African and asian countries had been liberated.The novelists Achebe and BhishamSahni have written biographical stories in these novels that depict the socio politic environment of the third world countries like India and Nigeria. That were in the severe grip of British imperialism in the early 20th century. The titles things fall apart and tamas agree highly symbolical as both of them mean the darkness at the time of disintegration. Bhishamsanhi took the title tamas from ?upnishad? .tamas means the darkness of hell . the tile is appropriate as the novel is woven around the darkness of partition between India and Pakistan in 1947. Achebe has taken the title from W.B. Yeats poem ?the second coming?. His title is also very appropriate as he tells us the story if the disintegration of the Igbo culture. The novels are biographical in the sense that the two novelists have written about real incidents that took place in their small provinces like Rawalpindi and Ogidi. ...read more.


To make their point stronger they emphasised the weaknesses and backwardness of their culture where women were beaten and superstitions were the order of the day. The effects were tragic as the people belonging to the Igbo culture too went through a communal divide and the people started embracing Christianity but it is the irony of the people like Okonkwo who can never give up their roots an in consequence had to walk on a dangerous path. The outcome of his tragic faith ends with his tragic suicide where he will not b given any burial place as suicide was considered as a sin in Igbo culture. The novels also highlight the infallibility of men. It is the irony of human kind that a man as strong as Okonkwo becomes a victim to his flaw in the wake of the forced conversers. Hindu?s and Muslim?s that stand as the pillars of Indian community were blown away by the mere wind of communalism. The tragedy lies in the fact that the people did not become victims to their faith but the cunning of the foreigners. ...read more.


With the passage of the story, when these life like bubbles burst one by one, it is then that the power of the stories I felt. The writers have etched their characters with care and artistry, and have been successful in depicting them with psychological realism. The novelists have a good grip on language so that they can handle different emotions and situations in their novels in an arresting manner. Though by a large their style is very simple and telling, it has its varying rhythms, tones and shades of their characters and their conditions. Through their mastery over language the novelists can evoke a sense of horror also- for example Nathu killing the pig and Okonkwo killing Ikemufena. The stories are spun in such a simple and penetrating manner that the sufferings of innocent Nathu an Okonkwo make us feel their agony besides empathizing with them.the writers have used different dialects in the novels. For example BhishamShanhi has used a number of hindi Sanskrit and Urdu words. On the other hand although Achebe has written the novel in English, the novel is replete with words fro the contemporary Igbo culture. ...read more.

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