Chinua Achebe is the author of Things Fall Apart. The author was born in Nigeria in 1930 and had to grow up during a time of traditional culture clashing with Christian beliefs. He was a very intellectually gifted child, which gave him the ability to study at many different universities when he became older. Many parts of his life became included in Things Fall Apart, but the story is not an autobiography. The story has been translated into many different languages and is renowned all across the world. It provides insight into traditional Nigeria culture.
There are many different themes within this novel. Many are based on the beliefs of traditional society. Most of them revolve around the importance of family and community, such as old proverbs like “It takes a village to raise a child”. Others are based on preserving your traditions despite new beliefs being forced upon you. The book also has heavy themes related to success versus failure and how the standards of each can depend on the person and their culture.
The book is a fictional tale filled with situations that are based upon fact and Achebe's experiences. Things Fall Apart was written in third person. When it was written in English because of the missionaries influence on the language at the time. There were many different dialects in the area that made it hard to write in direct translation so it was easier to write it in English. Many different proverbs were included in the story as a part of the author's story telling and speech related traditions.
The story was about a man named Okonkwo and his family. It tells about the way he grew up and the traditions of his village. Okonkwo was heavily influenced by his father's lack of success to create his own. Due to his desires, he comes off as a very cold-hearted man, but inside he really wants what is best for his family. His had the tendency to cloud his judgment, but he always found a way to atone for his negative actions.
In atonement for the accidental death of the son of Ezeudu, Okonkwo and his family are exiled and it is during this that white men come and take over his...