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Things Fall ApartThings Fall Apart is a book written by Chinua Achebe. The book was published in 1958 and printed in 1959. The setting of the book is in lower Nigerian villages. It is mostly taken place in Iguedo and Mbanta. The time that the book takes place is around the late 1800s. I think that Things Fall Apart is an influential work of literature; and that it not only influenced African literature, it also influenced literature around the world. The book has twenty-five chapters and 209 pages. It also has a glossary and a section in which you can find out information about the author. In Things Fall Apart, we witnessed the destruction of a traditional native culture. We also ...view middle of the document...

Okonkwo was exiled from his tribe for seven years. During the second year of his exile, Obierika brings Okonkwo bad news. The news is that a village named Abame had been destroyed. A white man on a bicycle wanted to bring destruction to the village. The villagers then killed the white man as a punishment. A short time later, a group of white men had destroyed the village. During the third year of Okonkwo exile, a white man goes to the village Mbanta. The white man accuses the villagers of worshiping false gods. The villagers could not understand how they could have been worshiping false gods so their response was laughter. Although their response was laughter, they continued to listen to the missionaries. In chapter eight, Okonkwo was extremely depressed due to the death of Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna was a boy that was given to Okonkwo. He lived with Okonkwo's first wife (his first wife's name is Ekwefi.) and he loved Okonkwo as a father. Okonkwo felt the same way about Ikemefuna, but he did not show it. It didn't show his feelings because he thought it would make him look weak. He was so depressed by the death of Ikemefuna that he did not sleep or eat. It wasn't until chapter nine that Okonkwo was finally able to get some rest and to eat something. In chapter seventeen, the missioners request a piece of land so that they can build a church. The village leaders told the missionaries that they could build their church in the Evil Forest. The reason they decided to propose the deal to the missionaries is because they believed that the evil forest had a curse on it. This was how the forest got its name. They believed that whoever went into the forest would be cursed and that evil would follow them. To the villagers surprise the missionaries accepted their deal. The next day after the deal was made the missionaries began clearing the forest. The villagers expected the missionaries to be dead within four days, however nothing happened. Little by little the church started to get more converts. In chapter 19, Okonkwo's seven years of exile in Mbanta were coming to an end. Okonkwo became concerned with all the villagers. Especially the younger generation, he couldn't understand how Christianity was getting people to leave their families and their traditions. Nwoye was also drawn to Christianity. The arrival of white colonists and their religion weakened the Ibo culture. The Christians told the Ibo that they are all brothers and sons of...

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