Things Fall Apart Criticism

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‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe is an illustration of Achebe’s real life experiences. It is portrayed through using of Okonkwo as a central character in the novel. In fact, it is the tragedy of an individual and the society as a whole. Despite being written in 1958 and set in Nigeria, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe understands much like Greek tragedy. It is the event that most of the principles from Aristotle theory of tragedy in the Poetics throughout the novel, and contributes to the improvement of the central character and the events of the plot. Along with the imagery of slaves, missionaries, and western colonialism, Achebe uses these principles to construct a tragic character and plot that bring his story. There is presence of…show more content…
His life was determined by overwhelming fear of failure. It was the fear that controls him from screening further sign of weakness when interacting with other characters, his children, wives, and other friends. Okonkwo controlled his household with a heavy hand. For Example, “his wives, especially the youngest, Ojiugo lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his title children. His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness” (Achebe, 1958, p. 13). Frequently, Okonkwo’s tragic flaw changes his actions in a pessimistic…show more content…
Anagnorisis is a transformation from ignorance to knowledge. So it occurs as when Okonkwo recognizes his clan will not fight as he wishes. His recognition takes place close to the end of the play. “Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape. They had broken into tumult instead of action. He discerned fright in that tumult. He heard voices asking: “Why did he do it?”. He wiped his machete on the sand and went away” (Achebe, 1958, p.

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