Colonialism is a long, brutal process, where natives’ identities are uprooted as colonizers establish their influence in a foreign land. Consequently, through the exploration of the natives’ response to this upheaval throughout the precolonial and colonial eras, the psychological toll that is placed on the colonized is evident. Such mental trauma that is incited is explored in Chinua Achebe’s fictional novel Things Fall Apart, which unveils the slowly lost of the natives’ identities during the precolonial shift, and the non-fiction work of Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth that details psychological disorders of the colonized due to colonization. This essay will explore how the stripping of natives’ autonomy and their sense of self results in the detrimental traumas illustrated within these critically acclaimed texts.
Casetta, Sophia D.
"Who Am I?: How Natives’ Mental Trauma Develop During Precolonial and Colonial Eras as Seen in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth,"
Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research: Vol. 11, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/pjcr/vol11/iss1/4
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