A Comparison Of Things Fall Apart And Julius Caesar

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Comparing Things Fall Apart and Julius Caesar

    "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe and "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare are two very different books that are interrelated through their similar themes and characters. There are characters from both stories that can connect to one another through their common motives and characteristics. Many of the main themes and elements of the stories are similar including a tragic ending and themes of betrayal, honor, and conflict. However, there are differences between the characters and themes from the two books as well.


In Things fall apart, Okonkwo would resemble Caesar most because they were both men of high titles with success in war and battle. Okonkwo was a well accomplished soldier known for the many heads that he had severed off enemies during tribal conflicts. Casesar was one of the greatest generals of all time bringing Rome to its peak height of power. Both men did not fear death but meet death abruptly. Even though they were very similar, Caesar was killed by an assassination, while Okonkwo commits suicide.


Mr. Kiaga, the translator and negotiator for the Christian missionary can be matched most easily to Antony. Both men had great oratory skills which they put to good use. Kiaga used his skills to convert and had won many converts to the new faith. Antony used his oratory skills to convince the crowd at Caesar's funeral that Brutus and the conspirators had killed Caesar unjustly. Both men had very loyal qualities. Antony was loyal to Caesar and wanted to avenge Caesar's death. Mr Kiaga was loyal to the church and Mr Brown, the priest and head of the missionary. Even though they are similar in many ways, they have differences as well. Kiaga was a kind and peaceful Christian missionary in Africa, while Antony was a warlike, Roman general. Kiaga never showed ambition as Antony had at the end of the play when he wanted to become a ruler of Rome.


Nwoye is most like Brutus because they both defied their superiors looking for more honorable motives. Nwoye disobeys his father giving up his own religion to go to the Christian church. He believed that Christianity was the true faith unlike the traditional Umuofian religion where people were killed no practical reasons and punishments were given unjustly. Brutus betrays Caesar, his friend and superior in rank, by assassinating him. Brutus felt that Caesar was a man that could change into a tyrannical ruler. To kill him would be for the greater good of Rome. However, their actions were not completely the same. Nwoye did not kill anyone as Brutus had done. Nwoye was merely a child who disobeyed his father. Brutus was a more...

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