The books Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and The Stranger by Albert Camus both have differences and things in common. The book Things Fall Apart is about a wealthy man named okonkwo who is determined to reach the highest rake because he wants to be nothing like his dad. Okonkwo became very successful with a family and over that time he runs into many problems from war, punishments, missionaries, and even being kicked out of his clan for 7 years. In the end Okonkwo was driven to killing himself losing all the things he worked so hard for. In the book The Stranger Meursault’s mother just died at for some odd reason he didn’t cry or feel sad at the funeral.
Okonkwo and Ezinma, an unexpressed love. In his novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’, Achebe presents to the reader, a story based around the village of Umuofia. Through his narration which is close to an oral tradition, we discover the culture and commodities of that village as well as of some surrounding villages. Superstitions, festivals and traditions, everything is vividly described. The novel narrates the life of Okonkwo.
Things Fall Apart, a book written by the author Chinua Achebe is a story filled with amazing culture. It is about the rise and downfall of the main character, Okonkwo. The book had many different aspects of the African culture and the different time period. For example, characters and their importance throughout the story, and how women were treated in this culture and time period. Topics from religion, family, and the social complexity were very much involved throughout the entire book and portrayed by many of the characters.
The locusts arriving in Things Fall Apart can symbolize the arriving of the white missionaries, there to convert and “save” the African people. Okonkwo, the main character of Things Fall Apart, has the nickname of “Roaring Flame”. Okonkwo and his masculinity could symbolize and represent a raging fire, showing no emotion except anger because all other emotions portray weakness. Okonkwo does not show affection to his family, and
Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart is an attempt in literary form to reinstate the dignity of the Igbo (and African) culture and people that had been become absent and restrained with the advent of colonisation of Nigeria by Europeans. Achebe demonstrates in the novel that, in a world where white colonists find the traditional customs and practices of the Igbo people as savage and primitive; the culture of this society is one of depth and dignity, where the traditions and practices of the people throughout their history demonstrates a solid and civilised structure in their own right. Analysing three episodes that occur in Things Fall Apart, this essay aims to discuss how Achebe tries to accomplish his aim of restoring dignity and self respect of the African people. The use of language by Achebe in the novel demonstrates the uniqueness and depth of the Igbo people. The language used by the Igbo
Aristotle stated in “On Tragedy” that “He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous.”.In “Things Fall Apart” Achebe gives background information on Okonkwo saying “He was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams, and had just married his third wife.” (5). This quotation from chapter one demonstrates that Okonkwo’s nobility of prosperity is revealed by his success’ from his early years and forward. The villagers within Okonkwo’s clan love and honor him for his personal achievements, and he
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is an important piece of literature due to its ability to convey a Culture Clash from the African view point, introduces a loveable character with a tragic flaw that motivates him to his death, and a culture that introduces the fear of many. Okonkwo shows how his fear lead him to dislike anything associated with his father; laziness, agabala, and lack of achievement. Eventually after the arrival of the missionaries Okonkwo soo felt the same about his culture and life. No one cared, but him. He was ignored like a messy room that needs to be cleaned.
In a similar manner we can examine more closely Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, which shows the colonial encounter in Nigeria from the inside. Things Fall Apart is a typical novel that raises the major question of culture and captures the life of Africa through the untold story of the rise and fall of Okonkwo and h is Ibo
“Things Fall Apart”, published in 1958, is a novel written by Chinua Achebe designed to challenge the colonial myths of Africa’s recurrent cycle of creation of order from chaos and the dissolution of order into chaos. The novel is set in a traditional Ibo village community in Nigeria at the turn of the century when the first European missionaries and administrative officials were beginning to penetrate inland. It is a story based on the village “egwugwu” Okonkwo, a wrestler who gained fame after defeating “Amalinze the Cat” in one of the fiercest fights Umuofia had seen since “the founder of their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights”. Throughout the novel the reader sees the dichotomy of the protagonist who in order to not fall into the footsteps of his weak and lazy father, Unoka, does everything in his power to gain power and prestige in the Ibo society. This was done so that his ideals of masculinity and devotion to the village and its religious customs were seen as unwavering and devoted.
In Chinua Achebe novel, Things Fall Apart Nwoye a young man under Okonkwo’s responsibility is affected positively by the introduction of western ideas into the Ibo culture. This being said Nwoye has found a passion for being apart of a religion not known by any local in Igbo called Christianity, to some it was a blessing and to others a disgrace. To Okonkwo he feels that anybody who converts to Christianity is a disgrace to their village. And how surprising is it that his own son converts to a Christian. And in his conversion he tries to escape his strict culture and find out who he is as a person.