Psychology in Resistance Literature

September 19, 2010

Mikhael Shklyarevsky                                                                                                                                                                          1

English 379

Professor Lee

Resistance Literature Manifesto

September 23, 2010

            The aim of resistance literature is to, ultimately, discard the colonizer’s influence. To do so, the author needs to create a work that shows his or her society’s culture and functioning as being independent of the colonizer. However, doing so may not prove to be simple due to the impact that this colonizer’s influence has had on the colony. For this reason, the most effective way by which resistance literature can be written is through illustrating the colonizer’s psychological impact on their occupied people.

            The colonizer’s psychological impact on a society gives resistance literature the ability to function. This ability is made possible in how the impact’s consequences illustrate the harmful way in which the colonizer is trying to eradicate a people’s culture through methods such as torture. These consequences drive the literature’s psychological awakening because they make the occupied people realize the importance of the trouble that the colonizer has wrought upon their homeland, spurring them to its defense. But while this response make resistance literature effective, it also portrays the other problem of being colony: other dangers lurk among these same occupied people, as witnessed in Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart.”

            In his work, Achebe makes evident how his own people are serving the colonizer and are surrendering their homeland. The psychological shock that their action evokes among their country’s people, is meant to spur resistance literature. This shock also conveys the colonizer’s power and the caution necessary to resist it. Nonetheless, the need for a spur and caution is the reason a historical dramatized work such as Achebe’s one is a good model: it depicts the realistic psychological ramificatins of resisting the colonizer. These psychological ramifications are a key to making an impact in resistance literature.



2 Responses to “Psychology in Resistance Literature”

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    I agree with your thoughts on the aim of resistance literature but in what ways do you think we can use it? What is the best genre to write resistance literature? I think satire is interesting but also think writing a memoir will show the true resistance of people/colonizer.

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