Ugwu’s Understanding of the Conflict

“Ugwu moved closer to the door to listen; he was fascinated by Rhodesia, by what was happening in the south of Africa. He could not comprehend people that looked like Mr. Richard taking away the things that belonged to people that looked like him, Ugwu, for no reason at all.” (266)

Although Ugwu has been submerged into a life where he is able to experience education and culture, he is still naive and doesn’t understand the conflict at hand in his own home country. He still perceives the events with a childlike perspective and a filter of innocence and purity on everything he sees. In the above quote, he questions why someone who is like Mr. Richard (someone he knows and trusts) would betray and mistreat his people in such a way. He lumps Richard in with all┬áthe British and those who oppose his people and expects them to act justly and morally, as he has seen Richard do so in his life. Ugwu does not understand that Richard is not representative of those involved in the political conflict and the anti colonialism movement. Ugwu doesn’t look at the conflict with a sense of reality┬ábut rather applies his idealistic views onto it as he does everything else. Thus, we are once again reminded of his mental capacity and childlike perception of the world he sees.