Thursday, March 28, 2013
Alienation of Igbo Culture
Slavery alienated nearly all of the slave's native culture. The Igbo, Yoruba, and other tribes they once knew disappeared and they were put in an alien, unfamiliar situation. They had to deal with things they had never seen before, and they had to create their own now culture. Community soon became extremely important, as it is still today. Beloved portrays the importance of community in the book. The African American community Sethe lives in is very close knit and protective of each other. They protect each other from slavers and other things, and without each other they would surely be returned to slavery or oppressed even more. Slavery alienated their native culture, but it also created a new, strong culture based on the values of community and family that aided them in overcoming the overwhelming oppression in America.