Analysis And Evaluation Of "Things Fall Apart".

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I. Summary"Things Fall Apart" tells the story of the life of the main character, Okonkwo, from an outside narrator. There are different spatial setting throughout the story including Iguedo and Mbanta while the temporal setting is at the turn of the 19th century. In the beginning of the story Okonkwo was one of them most respected men of his tribe and was constantly moving up the social ladder yearning to join the lords of the tribe. However, after committing crimes against the tribe such as breaking the sacred Week of Peace and committing the murder of one of the tribe's kinsmen, Okonkwo is exiled from the tribe and is not to return for seven years.It is while in exile that Okonkwo's life truly falls apart. For while in exile Okonkwo loses his work ethic, that his life revolved around. Okonkwo dreads that upon return to his clan he would not be known as the highly respected man he was before being exiled. However, Okonkwo's former reputation would not have mattered upon his return anyway for while in exile Okonkwo's former clan was taken over by white men. After the seven years Okonkwo does return to his tribe in Iguedo and with all the changes brought upon by the white people he finds it impossible to reclaim the noble stature that he had when he left. Okonkwo is emotionally crushed for his life goal is now unreachable and he now has to give into the British control. Okonkwo gives up and puts an end to all of his problems by killing himself shortly after his return to his homeland.II. Character.Okonkwo's character changes drastically throughout the story. For Okonkwo went from a proud, strong, quick-tempered man that was well known throughout his land, to a man full of self-pity and a quitter by the end. Okonkwo's change in character came as his life fell apart. However, throughout most of the story Okonkwo was known as the hardworking man who's life was ruled by the fear of failure and becoming like his father.One of the rules that Okonkwo set for himself that showed his seriousness would be, show no emotion besides anger for any other showing of emotion would be considered a weakness. Okonkwo could have been looked at as the opposite of his insignificant father who was weak, lazy, bankrupt, and irresponsible man with no desire to achieve any of the titles of rank in the tribe. For it was Okonkwo's hatred and shame of his father that drove him to be just the opposite of him. However, it is interesting that not only does Okonkwo's son Nwoye take after his grandfather but Okonkwo eventually also follows in his fathers footsteps, for he eventually gives up on life.It is no surprise that a prideful and tough guy like Okonkwo would be harsh with his family. Okonkwo was not only strict with his son Nwoye but also with his various wives. This can be shown for one time Okonkwo beats his wife when she did not prepare his food on time. On another incident Okonkwo went as far as almost shooting his second wife at the New Yam festival for Okonkwo thought...

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