The major conflicts in Chinua Achebe' s Arrow of God develop around the person of the Chief Priest of the god Ulu who is the ritual and religious leader of U muaro. On the one hand, there is the conflict between the local British administration represented by Winterbottom, the District Commissioner, and the native authority represented by Ezeulu, the Chief Priest. On the other hand, there are the internal politics of U muaro and the conflict between the supporters of Ezeulu and those of his rival, Ezidemili. On yet another level belongs the conflict taking place within Ezeulu himself, a conflict between personal power, the temptation to constitute himself into an 'arrow' of God, and the exigencies of public responsibility.



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