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{SPEAKER name="Eldred Jones"} I think when you look at, uh, Achebe's heroes,

uh, one tends to see something of a lesson of tragedy. Which is that man, no matter how important, no matter how great,

he's mere man and he has to be pretty careful in order to keep his balance through the hazards of life.


{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
Now are there any other major themes? Besides the idea of struggle, of conflict,

dealing with the society that Achebe projects in his writings?


{SPEAKER name="Eldred Jones"}
Well, you know that Achebe was involved of civil war, and the civil war changed the outlooks of a number of Nigerian writers.

Wole Soyinka was never the same again after the civil war.

Achebe came out of the civil war really chastened, I think, and he wrote a lot of poetry, he wrote short stories.

"Beware Soul Brother" is the volume of poems which he wrote, and "Girls at War and other stories" is the title of a book of short stories.

and really um, all of that covers, shows, the impact of the war upon him, the dark tragedy of the war, the terrible sufferings,

not just of the people who are protagonists of the war but of women and children and portraits of children dying in the arms of their mothers.


{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}Of course.


{SPEAKER name="Eldred Jones"}Quite how--


{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}This is the Biafran-Nigerian war?


{SPEAKER name="Eldred Jones"}Yes. The--the Biafran-Nigerian civil war. So I think, so far, what has come out of Achebe's-- since the war,
I think he's working out the trauma of the war. We're all looking for--

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