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Civil Peace: Introduction
Civil Peace: Plot Summary
Civil Peace: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Civil Peace: Themes
Civil Peace: Quotes
Civil Peace: Characters
Civil Peace: Symbols
Civil Peace: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chinua Achebe
Historical Context of Civil Peace
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- Full Title: Civil Peace
- When Written: 1971
- Where Written: Most likely Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
- When Published: 1971
- Literary Period: Postcolonial
- Genre: Postcolonialism, Historical Fiction
- Setting: Primarily Enugu, a large city in southern Nigeria that was part of the Biafran secessionist state, around 1970-1971 after the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
- Climax: A group of thieves surround Jonathan’s home and demand money.
- Antagonist: The thieves who attempt to rob Jonathan, as well as the chaos and scarcity of post-war Nigerian society
- Point of View: Third-person omniscient
Extra Credit for Civil Peace
Oral Tradition. Chinua Achebe was raised in the Igbo culture in Nigeria, which emphasizes oral storytelling and memorized proverbs. These elements appear frequently in his work; for example, in the proverb that Jonathan repeats throughout “Civil Peace.”
Political Leader. Achebe worked for the Biafran government during their brief period of independence. He served as a foreign ambassador for the new government and travelled the world telling foreign leaders about the Biafran struggle. Throughout this time, he continued to write and promote African writing.