The Igbo Culture In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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It is evidently visible that many people stereotypically view Africa as a country that is primitive and uncultured. However, some novels that have been distributed over western society introduce the fact that Africa in reality does have established civilizations and is filled with culture just like any other country. Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, exemplifies this idea by demonstrating the rituals performed, the government structure, and other aspects of the Igbo tribe. Achebe believes most people are ignorant to African culture and clearly indicates this view to his audience. His main character, Okonkwo, is a wealthy Igbo member who struggles with the missionaries’ arrival to Umuofia. The missionaries threatened the Igbo tribe to convert to Christianity, causing confusion and anger towards to the westerners for their lack of knowledge…show more content…
Achebe effectively portrays his ideas in a simple manner, keeping his writing straightforward and short in order for the reader to understand. Therefore, Achebe uses simple structure in his novel to effectively portray the complexity of the Igbo culture. Achebe develops the idea that the Igbo culture has a complex system by using similes and metaphors that specifically connect to the nature. Through the novel, the author compares Okonkwo to objects in nature to create a visual representation for the audience to better understand Okonkwo and his people. When Okonkwo defeated Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match, his “fame had grown like a bush-fire” (3). By comparing Okonkwo to a bush-fire, Achebe illustrates that he has rose to fame rapidly like how bush-fires spread rapidly. Bush-fires are also known to be violent, pointing out the flaws of Okonkwo like his aggressiveness. Achebe uses similes to portray his characters in order to show that the Igbo culture has a close connection to nature; they also display the idea that a person’s

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