Social Darwinism in Things Fall Apart

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Social Darwinism in Things Fall Apart

  1. 1. Social Darwinism in Things Fall Apart By Brad Dougherty
  2. 2. What is Social Darwinism? <ul><li>Natural selection </li></ul><ul><li>“Survival of the fittest” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Metanarratives <ul><li>Chinua Achebe’s village, Ogidi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the first Anglican centers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Darwinism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Justification </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Okonkwo <ul><li>Fails to adapt to changes in clan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying not to be his father </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distracted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When he returned </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Clan <ul><li>Was the failure to adapt an </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inherent flaw or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Circumstance? </li></ul></ul>A little of both
  6. 6. Inherent flaws <ul><li>Outcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Church provided a place for them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initially not taking colonizers seriously </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gained credibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chi </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Circumstance <ul><li>Okonkwo not there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May have been able to “save” clan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manifest Destiny </li></ul>
  8. 8. Subtext <ul><li>Clan too weak to survive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nwoye </li></ul></ul>

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