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No Longer At Ease

No Longer At Ease

  

by Chinua Achebe

The Umuofia Progressive Union

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The Umuofia Progressive Union symbolizes a body of African men intent on hanging onto their indigenous culture even while succeeding in the new world of capitalism, business, and Western values. What is interesting is that values that succeeded and worked well in indigenous culture – like helping family members, and using different forms of currency to oil the engines of society and politics – create all sorts of problems when applied to a imposed system of Western-style business and bureaucratic government.

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