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The Impact Of Education In "No Longer At Ease"

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The Impacts of Foreign Education in Obi Okonwo's Life as Depicted in No Longer At Ease

Irwandi Hidayat

This paper titled "The Impacts of Foreign Education in Obi Okonwo's Life as Depicted in No Longer At Ease" will mainly focus on finding how foreign education changes Obi's Life. This paper will explore this issue by explaining how his foreign education affected his life and what impacts it brings to Obi's life.
This paper will use Post Colonialism Criticism to try to ...view middle of the document...

After his education, Obi sees himself as a pioneer which means he sees himself as different and better that most nigerians.


No Longer at Ease is a book written by Chinua Achebe, a famous African writer. Through his novel, he tries to deliver a message about how foreign education has affected Africans. For example, when Obi Okonkwo returns to Nigeria from England, his foreign education separates him from his African roots. The book tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a young man who returns home to Nigeria, after his studies in England. Eager to make a difference in his newly independent home country, Obi finds that he has to balance his career ambitions, with the expectations of his family and tribe mates. He takes up a prestigious job with the civil service, where over time, he finds himself confronted with a series of personal and professional dilemmas. Over time, he’s overwhelmed, gets morally compromised, and eventually slides into debt, as he tries to meet competing personal and societal demands. Despite starting out with the best intentions, he ends up a tragic failure.
Using Chinua Achebe's “No Longer at Ease” as the main object of research, this paper will focus on the impacts that foreign education has brought to Obi Okonkwo's life. To analyse the novel, this paper will use Post Colonialism Criticism as the main theory. Broadly a study of the effects of colonialism on cultures and societies, Post Colonialism Criticism is concerned with both how European nations conquered and controlled "Third World" cultures and how these groups have since responded to and resisted those encroachments.

Research Question
1. How does Foreign Education change Obi Okonkwo's ?
2. What are the impacts of foreign education in Obi Okonkwo's life ?
Research Objectives
1. To explain how foreign education has changed Obi Okonkwo ?
2. To explain the impacts caused by foreign education in Obi Okonkwo's Life ?

Literary Review
a. Post Colonialism Criticism
Post-colonial criticism is similar to cultural studies, but it assumes a unique perspective on literature and politics that warrants a separate discussion. Specifically, post-colonial critics are concerned with literature produced by colonial powers and works produced by those who were/are colonized. Post-colonial theory looks at issues of power, economics, politics, religion, and culture and how these elements work in relation to colonial hegemony where western colonizers controlling the colonized.
Post-colonial criticism also questions the role of the western literary canon and western history as dominant forms of knowledge making. The terms "first-world," "second world," "third world" and "fourth world" nations are critiqued by post-colonial critics because they reinforce the dominant positions of western cultures populating first world status. This critique includes the literary canon and histories written from the perspective of first-world cultures. The ultimate goal of...

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