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Songs Relating To "Things Fall Apart" By Chinua Achebe

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Lose Yourself- EminemLose Yourself is a song about a young rap artist who has one shot to make it big. If he succeeds he can finally become rich and famous and get away from the normal life. This has always been his dream and he now has the chance to get it.This song relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 1, Okonkwo had a chance to show everybody he was stronger than his father was, and that chance was beating everyone at a wrestling match. He beat Amalinze the Cat who had been undefeated for seven years; this brought great honor to his village and made everyone respect Okonkwo. This also proved to Okonkwo that he was nothing like his weak father. Okonkwo is then able to attain a position of wealth and gain a good and respected reputation, even though his father was shameful and poor.Numb- Linkin ParkThe song Numb is about a person having to live up to someone else expectations. They are pressured into being exactly like someone else. They are always smothered and don't like that they can not be who they want to be. The person then becomes numb and he no longer cares about this person. He will not live up to his/her expectations any longer and will be the person he wants to be.This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 2 you can see that Okonkwo pressures his son, Nwoye, to be just like him. Okonkwo find Nwoye to be lazy and not manly enough so he beats and nags at him constantly. Nwoye then becomes more attached to Ikemefuna who is shows care and comfort and becomes less attached to his father who is far more heavy-handed and intimidating.Rain- Sarah BrightmanRain is about a woman praying for rain. She feels that having it rain is the only chance to start again. She keeps on begging for rain and saying it's the only chance of living.This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 3 there was a drought. This caused horrible harvest and many farmers were devastated. Okonkwo had planted 400 yam seeds and could only keep one third of the harvest. This was Okonkwo's chance to start a farm and become a great farmer, but the lack of rain would not allow it. Many farmers prayed to the Gods for rain, like the woman in Rain does. This is the only chance they have during the year to grow crops, but because of the lack of rain they are not able to harvest as well as they wished they could have.A Forest- The CureThe song A Forest is about a person looking for a girl in the forest. He hears her calling her name and keeps running after her through the trees. In the end he realizes he is alone in the forest and the girl was never really there at all.This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 11 Ezinma is taken away by the priestess; Ekwefi, her mother, then follows them. Ekwefi is scared that Ezinma will be killed so she follows them through the villages and the forest. Just like in A Forest he is running through the forest in search for the girl she loves, her daughter. In the end though, the priestess takes Ezinma into the...

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