Things Fall Apart Essays

  • Things Fall Apart In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    Things Fall Apart -Chinua Achebe Okonkwo is a man whose fame is spread throughout the nine villages as he wins a competition with ‘Amalinze the Cat’. Okonkwo is a man who fears weakness and failure. He hated everything his father, Unoka, did which by the way was being gentle and idle, so he tended to be harsh just to not appear like his father. He, on the other hand, is a very respected warrior and has a great family, but he tends to get too overconfident in his way of thinking and beliefs. Okonkwo

  • Ikemefuna In Things Fall Apart

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    Based on the organization of the content in chapter seven of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and his descriptions of Okonkwo’s actions, feelings and motives, readers do not sympathize with Okonkwo. Readers do not sympathize with Okonkwo because of his actions, feelings and motives. Okonkwo sees Ikemefuna as his own child and believed that it was to Ikemefuna’s credit that his actual son, Nwoye, is progressing and developing as a man. Okonkwo invites Ikemefuna to to sit in his obi, or hut within

  • Things Fall Apart Civilization

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    Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart in order to educate people of African culture and lessen the idea of otherness. Achebe wrote the book to show that African communities are not uncivilized like the people in the “civilized” societies believe. Achebe combats the stereotype that Africa was uncivilized and eliminates the idea of otherness by describing how the Igbo culture works, through the use of language, and by using biblical references. Achebe combats the stereotype that African societies

  • Pride In Things Fall Apart

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    The novel "Thing's fall apart" by Chinua Achebe is a complex work that masterfully establishes and develops characters through their experience with cultural collision. The way that Achebe accomplishes carefully weaving his implicit claim throughout the work is such a beautiful subtlety that it deserves to be analyzed. The Igbo's pride is constantly challenged by the colonizers as they gain increasingly more power in Africa. The idea of pride is constantly developed throughout the thoughts and actions

  • Power In Things Fall Apart

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    drives people to have more influence in their lives and is what sets up a civilization. It is needed to maintain the stability of the civilization, so the civilization does not become vulnerable. In Chinua Achebe’s historical fiction novel, Things Fall Apart, the defined power structure in the Ibo culture is what ultimately ends up weakening their culture to the outside influences of the British. Select groups in the Ibo culture hold power which primarily weakens the culture. The select groups have

  • Identity In Things Fall Apart

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    A sense of identity is often acquired and developed by everyone as they mature, but it is always changing as the culture changes. The novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, follows the development of several characters in response to a cultural shock caused by the Westernization of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. The protagonist of the book, Okonkwo, is a strong, diligent leader and supercilious warrior of the tribe who obsessed over his masculine image. However, Okonkwo’s eldest son, Nwoye, tries

  • Trope In Things Fall Apart

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    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a tragic yet ironic story about a lower Nigerian tribe. Food and language come into play as an important traditional value to the Igbo tribe. The passage I chose to further analyze from chapter one is, “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” (4) This stood out to me because of the text emphasis on the well-known value placed on food. This quote signifies the rank of food, agriculture

  • Things Fall Apart Colonialism

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    If Things Fall Apart had been written is a different time, how and why might it differ? Chinua Achebe, the author of the post-colonial novel Things Fall Apart, founded a Nigerian literary movement which wrote about the traditional oral culture of its indigenous peoples in the 1950’s. Achebe sought to convey understanding of this culture in response to novels, such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which portray native Africans as primitive, socially backward and language-less. In his novel,

  • Polygamy In Things Fall Apart

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    In Things Fall Apart, the world of the Ibo people was turned upside down when the white men invade their village, bring their customs with them. Despite the new customs the white men brought, the people of Umuofia stuck to their own principles. Previously the lifestyle of the Ibo was questionable. For instance, the women and children were treated immorally. Foreigners were murdered for gratuitous reasons. Unnecessary rules/traditions prevented the Ibo from completing certain things. Moreover, the

  • Archetypes In Things Fall Apart

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    Amalinze the Cat” during a fierce wrestling match (1). Amalinze the Cat was previously undefeated and “their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights” to celebrate Okonkwo’s wrestling victory (1). At the conclusion of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has increased awareness when he realizes that his way of using brute

  • Ambiguity In Things Fall Apart

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    In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe introduces the importance of African culture, specifically in the village of Umofia. This serves as a guide for the reader to get a better insight as to why things happen the way they do in many parts of the book. After Okonkwo, the main character accidentally kills a young boy with a loaded gun, one of his close friends, Obierika, reflects on the tragedy. In this passage, Okonkwo is sentenced to seven years in exile by the wise elders and Obierika, a respected

  • Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    “Things fall apart, even when you think they’re stronger than you ever imagined.” ‘Things Fall Apart’, by Chinua Achebe is a book about about the struggles of an African man named Okonkwo and his families life falls apart right before their very eyes. It’s a son duty to carry on the families traditions in this tribe. Although in this story that’s not the case, Okonkwo struggles to get his eldest son Nwoye to act more like a man and less like a woman. Ezinma is Okonkwos favorite child and he wishes

  • Things Fall Apart Customs

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    their own customs in which they are accustomed to, and that is no exception to the natives of both Nigeria and Australia. But one person 's customs, are likely to not align with another 's, and that is the cause of many problems. In the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, a little village in Nigeria, Umuofia, is alone and is most of the time peaceful with their neighbors, and they follow a specific set of customs, passed down from generation to generation. An important custom of Umuofia is to

  • Things Fall Apart Identity

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    Nwoye's igbo culture his father was determined for him to become like him, a leader to the igbo society, but Nwoye had other plans for the bettering of himself by following western ways. All around change is what you make of it. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, author Chinua Achebe demonstrates how when faced with a cultural collision one may choose to be open-minded and seek new opportunities through a character’s shift in identity. Nwoye prior to the European colonists didn’t fully go along with

  • Things Fall Apart Gender

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    The Dogon’s belief that the absence of one of the two genders creates chaos in the world is used in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart (1958). Throughout the novel, Okonkwo, the male protagonist, considers females around him as inferior. Weakness and emotions, according to Okonkwo, are ‘womanly’ characteristics that a real man should not get acquainted with. This can be related to his hate towards his father, Unoka, who is described as being a coward and an agbala (woman) (Achebe, 1958: 11)

  • Things Fall Apart Respect

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    diversity of the people and their cultures plays an important role for a living. Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, implies the importance of respect in the Ibo tribe because it plays a key role in their society. As the European settlers invade the Ibo’s land, there is a question of the balance of respect within the Ibo culture and between the two diverse religions. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays that the Ibo culture values dignity between individuals to prove that respect leads to

  • Okonkwo In Things Fall Apart

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    In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main protagonist Okonkwo follows the classic tragic hero’s definition very closely. Okonkwo is the leader of the Igno community located in Umuofia. Okonkwo is described as a tall, well built, manly man. He has bushy eyebrows and a wide nose that gives him a tough look. Okonkwo has 3 wives, and lots of children who all live in his compound. Okonkwo is very short tempered, and often acts spontaneously, which often results in poor decisions. Throughout the

  • Things Fall Apart Dbq

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    Although many readers tend to blame the missionaries for the disastrous end to the Umuofian society, Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, suggests that the real culprit is the clash of customs between both the Africans and Europeans because of the Africans unwillingness to change their customs, the Christian’s feelings of superiority, and the inclusivity of Christianity. The loss of culture signifies the lack of unique views, values, and a sense of belonging. The differing customs of the

  • Masculinity In Things Fall Apart

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    My dad was always adamant on teaching my brother different things than me. I was taught how to cook while my brothers were taken fishing and put in football teams. Neither of my brothers liked football but were expected to go. In today’s media, masculinity is admired and strived for. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe shows us the downsides of masculinity with the characters Nwoye and Okonkwo. In the novel, the main character, Okonkwo, struggles with the fear of being feminine; His overcompensation

  • Things Fall Apart Imperialism

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    This stanza by W.B. Yeats in his poem, The Second Coming, correlates superbly to the novel, Things Fall Apart, by asserting how the world can turn chaotic. Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, uses this verse to show the disastrous impact British Colonization had on the Igbo culture during their African imperialistic efforts in Nigeria. In this historical novel, Achebe depicts the life of a hard-working warrior and clan leader, named Okonkwo, and the struggles he faces throughout his life