Reba T. Brown

Date of Award

Spring 5-1997

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College



First Advisor

Jo Ann Marx

Second Advisor

Rogers J. Herman

Third Advisor

Beverly Wade


Selected works of African writer Chinua Achebe and African American author Toni Morrison display similarities which reveal significant connections between African and African American cultures. In Achebe's Things Fall Apart and No Longer At Ease and Morrison's Sula and Song of Solomon, major characters reveal commonalities in their various relationships. Thus Okonkwo, Obi, Sula and Milkman engage in familial, spiritual and communal relationships. it is revealed that Africans and the African Americans have a bond, unlike the bond between a mother and child. Externally the people of each culture have been shaped by the circumstances of separate environn1ents. There is something internal, fundamental, and deep inside a place that cannot be touched by outside influence that makes these two separate cultures react to their environments in the same manner.