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GCSE: Chinua Achebe: Vultures

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  1. "Specifically" Universal

    "The worst thing that can happen to any people is the loss of dignity and self respect. The writers' duty is to help them regain it by showing them in human terms what happened to them, what they lost" (Achebe). Colonization affected the whole country and Achebe was required to suspend the dialect that was specific to his tribe - his choice in face of the inevitable question of either siding with tradition or globalization. And since his outlook and the outlook of Nigeria had changed after colonization and English had become "the most important body of literature in Black Africa" (Achebe), no longer was Achebe confined to the fences of his small village in the southern western area of Nigeria.

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  • Compare and contrast the poems "Vultures" and "Night of the Scorpion", analysing how they communicate a sense of their cultural background.

    "Conclusion I prefer 'vultures' as I like the way in which evil is contained in good. This is shown in the phrase "in the very germ of that kindred love is lodged the perpetuity of evil". The evil is described in phrases such as "picked the eyes of a swollen corpse", "ate the things in its bowel" and "fumes of human roast". The good however is conjured up by "inclined affectionately" and "tender offspring. I feel it is more of a poem compared to Night of the Scorpion because Scorpion is a very much narrative style of writing. It is too narrative for my liking."

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