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Things Fall Apart And The Second Coming

460 words - 2 pages

Things Fall Apart and The Second Coming



      "The Second Coming"

      By William Butler Yeats


        Turning and turning in the widening gyre

        The falcon cannot hear the falconer,

        Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

        Mere anarchy is loosened upon the world,

        The blood-dimmed tide is loosened, and everywhere

        The ceremony of innocence is drowned

        The best lack of all convictions, while the worst

        Are full of passionate intensity.


        Chinua Achebe based his story, "Things Fall Apart," on the poem by

William Butler Yeats called "The Second Coming." These two pieces of

literature have many similarities but no differences.


        When analyzing the poem, "The Second Coming,"  I notice that the

title of the story is included in the poem. The poem is based on changes

and it implies that when mere anarchy is in play, the whole community lets

go and things fall apart. The only reason why the society fell apart is

because the people did not stand up for their religion and government. They

let the missionaries change their ways. That was also referred to in the

poem. The poem stated that things fall apart when the center cannot hold.


        At the bottom of page 176, Obierika quoted that the white man has

put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. I

think that Achebe is trying to give...

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