• June 20, 2019

One of Africa’s most distinguished writers, Chinua Achebe, has There was the madman who reported back to his hinterland village after what must have been. In spite of the success of Chinua Achebe’s short stories, critics have paid some of the stories especially “The Madman” and “Civil Peace” pass. In his short story, “The Madman”, Prof. Chinua Achebe (of blessed memory), easily Africa’s most celebrated novelist of the twentieth century.

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Insanity in Medicine and Literature.

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Failure to think freely? Even though madness finds a place in the title of the play, it is not essentially the subject of investigation. Kennedy likens the short story to a lyric poem where every word finds a place in the composition in the order of relevance or pertinence.

They also carry the veiled desperation of a man who realises that his precious life is about to take a certain tragic turn acuebe nothing is immediately done to save the situation.

Spontaneous and natural as the finished story may seem, the writer has madmab it so artfully that there is meaning in even seemingly casual speeches and apparently trivial details. Newer Post Older Post Home. About Me Ataikiddeh yahoo.

Which may be very natural considering that he has fallen from quite a height.

Chinua Achebe and the Politics of Remembering. But, perhaps, what the story has done is to equate extreme anger with insanity.

Nwibe is to continue his life struggling to get back to the position or place he once held or knew. So in my thought process I had somehow conjured chiuna a meaning to the story which I concluded somehow society can make a seemingly normal person crazy or that only crazy people live in society.

Tye we find this type of writing a recurring theme in Achebe’s writing. In his comments on the wholeness of the genre, Billie Travalini says: Farther back in history and tradition, we find the Bible account of King David who feigns insanity as a means of escape from enlistment into the Philistine army against his own people of Israel.


From this climax, the roles are reversed for the tragic. By adopting the showing method in his stories, Achebe is able to focus zchebe the pungent scenes, hints and incidents that give his evergreen renditions chijua flavour of completeness and wholeness.

He overcomes the obstacles of the lorry madkan on the road who frown upon him walking in the achbe of the road. He says no matter how bad it gets, it is still worth it to get mad about injustice and try to do something about. But as the war wears on, she begins to show weakness and needs to break her hard posture in order to survive the war.

However after class discussion, I had learned that these two characters were in fact two different individuals and then everything else started to fall in place. Oluwatoyin Vincent Adepoju May 22, at But on the day of elections, Rufus is unable to make up his mind on who to vote for. If anything there is a sense at the end of the story that the incident with the madman has left Nwibe a broken marman.

Also the young children who acnebe at Nwibe as he makes his way to the market Nwibe ignores them and remains determined to reach the market. Achebe goes straight to the heart of the matter in his short stories, presenting only materials relevant to the story at hand. I had also learned that just as I suspected that the first character was clinically insane and in the aftermath of Nwibes chase to beat this insane man had made him look crazy as well.

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If we are all insane, what moral right do we have to certify some people as mad? Angered by the sordid affront, Nwibe runs after the madman in obvious nakedness thereby turning himself to the original madman. We may well attribute the exaggerated effect of his misfortune to Nwibe’s lack of moderation.

Like everybody acnebe I agree it was Ironic and even twisted from my perspective that Achebe would kill off the “good guys” and let the bad guy live.

I beseech thee, torment me not.

View a FREE sample. Not him, but their mother. The involuntary transfer of clothes which only threatens possible disaster which, in fact, is still laughable, while it chnua a private matter between Nwibe and the madman, suddenly assumes a tragic dimension the moment the first witness appears on the scene: The insider or the outsider?


In my point of view it was as if the “bad marman was starting to become good and almost try and redeem himself with this humane action, nonetheless ending in failure much like Nwibe. Achebe manages his creative enterprise in such a manner that hardly leaves any room for error.

It conveys messages through wholly composed stories by laying emphasis on the crucial point acnebe is to be wrought off. There Was a Country. From our class discussions and his writings it’s clear to tell his writings are filled with irony, yet the way he portrays this irony is in a very pessimistic point of view. Nikky Madmzn 5, 4: He got that way through the brainwashing of his therapist, the Old Man and father of the Specialist himself.

The Madman by Chinua Achebe

Since the stories seem to always end with failure, I can’t help but think that Achebe’s message in it’s very basic form is failure. May 07, Last Updated: Would a truly sane person allow anger and desperation to rob him of his better judgement and run stark-naked for whatever reason into a crowded market?

Karen King Aribisala builds on this in her clearer picture of this wholeness when she says: Of course, without a mastery of the language, Achebe could not have achieved much. Take Ivory Coast, for example: Chinua Achebe’s collection Girls at War and Other Stories is a selection of 13 stories dealing with life in post-colonial Nigeria.

She [short story] has an inherent purity of line and structure in that she utilizes the minimum number of characters and or situations honing them to a fine edge, a polished gem that makes a complete statement — startling sometimes with aggression, sometimes with a calm quietude, but always with strength.