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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This may be important as it suggests that appearance is important to Nwibe. It’s hard to imagine what being out casted could do you mentally. I am not sure if it was Professor Achebe’s intention to weave the tale in such a clever fashion. Despite it being a struggle and a two day journey to Eke Nwibe is dedicated when it comes to traveling to the market. Nwibe is to continue his life struggling to get back to the position or place he once held or knew. In his comments on the wholeness of the genre, Billie Travalini says: Thanks for the comment Regnard.

The result, often, in the eyes of his readers is a display of an uncommon command of the English language which enables him to achieve wholeness in his stories. View the Study Pack. Perhaps, it is only in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that we can draw a convincing logical inference to this analogy.

No longer is he viewed upon as being a successful businessman rather he is treated as if he is insane. Not only has Nwibe lost the ability to advance further within the community but any position that he did hold in the community may also have been lost.

A finely wrought short story has the richness and conciseness of an excellent lyric poem. The stories continue to endear themselves to a general readership as they attract, by their artistic beauty and thematic content, both readers and critics.

January 04, Last Updated: She [short story] has an inherent purity of line and structure in that she utilizes the minimum number of characters and or situations honing achbee 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. Suddenly, we are made to entertain doubts concerning our perception of the nature of reality and we begin to credit the philosophical doubt that affirms illusion and reality to be the same.


Despite its shortness, it is a wholesome presentation of a complete experience. Not him, but their mother.

How affected Nwibe might be is noticeable by the fact that he no longer acts the same. He overcomes the obstacles of the lorry drivers on the road who frown upon him walking in the middle of the road.

The Madman by Chinua Achebe

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 madma point of view. Symbolically, this involuntary but tragic exchange of identity between a sane person and a madman is registered by the jeering, ironic laughter of a taunting madman. He learns thereafter to plan his day and avoid the conflict. His illustration of the feeling of the ostracised and the mzdman treatment meted to the mentally deranged through his vivid dramatisation of the madman is quite lucid.

Nadman, Achebe indulges in a peculiar deployment of narrative devices such as humour, irony, parables, proverbs, aphorisms, suspense and surprise that imbue his stories with the engaging trappings of African folklore.

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On the way, he notices some young ladies going in the opposite direction from the traffic to the market; they are returning from the stream with water pots on their heads.

We may well attribute the exaggerated effect of his misfortune to Nwibe’s lack of moderation. In his short story, “The Madman”, Prof. Although the choice, structure, and exegetic possibilities of metaphors have been as diverse and infinite as creators of art have been different and countless, metaphors of madness have been prominent in literatures from early times, notwithstanding the peculiarities of writers, cultures, regions and periods.

The story teaches didactic and satire in the society which means no condition is permanent. The Achebe short story is as closely knitted as a poem and any unnecessary omission denies it of its effect on the reader. Spontaneous and natural as the finished story may seem, the writer has written it so artfully that there is meaning in even seemingly casual speeches and apparently trivial details. She is quite effective and duty bound in her daily dispensation.


Shakespeare’s extraordinary power of observation and penetration granted him a degree of insight that it has taken the world almost four consecutive centuries to decipher. Take Ivory Coast, for example: But, perhaps, what the story has done is to equate extreme anger with insanity. The psychiatrist will accept this view, but that makes every one of us a madman since we are all capable of, or have actually experienced extreme, irascible anger maadman time or another. maxman

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Achebe, obviously crafts his story in such taut tradition as we find in poetry. Now, Nwibe is no longer just an ordinary “madman” but an incurable one at that, given the Achhebe belief that a madman who sets foot into the “occult territory of the powers of the market” can never be cured again.

This may th important as it suggests that the determination that Nwibe showed at the beginning of the story by travelling to the market has returned. In it, Achebe raises several profound rhetorical questions: On Eke day, however, Nwibe has to mediate a dispute between is elder wife If we are all avhebe, what moral right do we have to certify some people as mad?

However what is really noticeable at the end of the story is that Nwibe regardless of the perception of others still attempts to be initiated by the local hierarchy. The extreme clarity of the logic of the madman as he walks on the highway seems to suggest that he is perfectly sane.

The story opens with the madman through whose rationalizing mind we see the preliminary scenes of conflicting perceptions.

It is the burden of short stories the world over, irrespective of their creative worth, that they often get comparatively less attention in literary conferences and critical essays.

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