524 words - 2 pagesGoals are helpful in life to make one work harder at the wanted task; however, too much of anything is not helpful at all and can turn into an obsession. Also, one must realize change is inevitable. Living your entire life based on trying not to be like someone is not beneficial as proven in Chinua Achebe¡¯s, ThingsFallApart and having the fear of change will cause one to live in fear forever. The protagonist, Okonkwo, has strongVIEW DOCUMENT
793 words - 3 pagesTamara AttiaThingsFallApart EssayIn this novel, a lot of the traditional Igbo life is the way it is because of the organized gender roles. Basically, all of Igbo lifestyle is dependent on genders, like the characterization of crimes, and the different crops that women and men grow. Men, in this culture, are the stronger sex. Women are seen as weak beings, but are respected for certain things they do, such as bearing children. (Shmoop)The role of a man is to be able to provide for his family to live and to beVIEW DOCUMENT
614 words - 2 pagesThingsFallApart Chinua Achebe's novel, "ThingsFallApart," is a well written narrative about the Ibo community in Nigeria, Africa. Achebe took the title of the novel from a poem called "The Second Coming," by W.B. Yeats. It appears that Yeats is making some judgement on the European way of thinking that was so greatly affecting the rest of the world at the time. The poem describes human flaws resulting in social collapse. Achebe successfully holds on to the same theme in "Thing FallApart," as the narrarator tells the story of a small African society and the British colonizers that come toVIEW DOCUMENT
781 words - 3 pagesIn the novel ThingsFallApart the Igbo society is dominated by gender roles. For example, a Husband can beat his wives for bringing food to them late. Women are discriminated against by society. The main character in ThingsFallApart, is Okonkwo who, has trouble balancing the feminine and masculine side in his life. Okonkwo is a rich, well known, and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan, a lower Nigerian tribe that is a big part of nine connected villages. He believes that only masculinity can hold the tribe together. Okonkwo then rejects everything that reminds him of being coward-like or feminine. Okonkwo's dislike to everything feminine came from his father which is why he has a veryVIEW DOCUMENT
722 words - 3 pagesChange is always hard, it means something is done and something else is beginning. To accept the new, sacrifices have to be made, but there are some, who are not willing to let go of the past. Okonkwo, in Achebe’s ThingsFallApart, didn’t want to accept the new faith of the colonizers or bow down to their rules in acceptance. He wanted to fight to reserve the old way of life, preserved and passed down through generations by his clan, which for him was the only possible way to live. However, when Okonkwo came face to face with defeat; realizing that the people whom he believed to be his kinsmen, who would fight for their right to live according to their religion and tradition alongside himVIEW DOCUMENT
693 words - 3 pagesLife is never easy; it often takes unexpected turns, where one finds himself in a situation that was unimaginable before. This is what happens to Okonkwo in Achebe’s ThingsFallApart. Okonkwo was one of the great clansmen in the village of Iguedo, where he proved himself to be a prominent contributor as a farmer and warrior to the clan, unlike his father, who was considered a failure in terms of masculinity. Due to an unfortunate accident, in which Okonkwo’s gun fires and kills a young man, Okonkwo is exiled to his motherland, loosing not only his farm and compound, but also the prestige that he has built for himself over the years, which strengthened his own belief in his masculinityVIEW DOCUMENT
889 words - 4 pages"ThingsFallApart" is a view of changes and the effects that colonialism played with their religion imposition to the Nigerians and how those effects acted on the individuals of the African shore. It serves as a reminder to the people of Nigeria of their heritage of what it was once and how it was after the religion stir brought in by the colonizers.The Igbos lived by the earth and its seasons without the intrusion of modern ideas. Their society was entirely cyclical. People did not die, but they returned as different manifestations. The Igbo's practiced a cultural polytheistic religion whichVIEW DOCUMENT
1009 words - 4 pagesAn Essay on ThingsFallApart
"Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all." (Aristotle). Okonkwo is a perfect example of Aristotle’s quote in Chinua Achebe’s ThingsFallApart. Even though he is said to be the most powerful man in Umuofia, Okonkwo’s personal imperfections of fear, failure and uncontrollable anger do not allow him true eminence as a human being.
Okonkwo is one of the most influential men in the Ibo tribe. In his tribe, he is both feared and honored. Which is evident by this quote, "Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond... [He] had brought honor to his tribe by throwingVIEW DOCUMENT
792 words - 3 pages The book “ThingsFallApart” by Chinua Achebe is a fictional look at the social and cultural life of an African tribe of the lower Niger River region. It depicts the every day life of the tribe and its members. It also shows the culture and customs of the tribe.
The book focuses on one of the tribe members, Okonkwo. He is a well respected member of the tribe. Okonkwo is a good example of a respected member of the tribe who also has great renown. He is known as a great wrestler and warrior of the nine villages of the tribe. He is a very powerful and influential member.
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683 words - 3 pagesThingsFallApart is a story written by Chinua Achebe based on a culture on the verge of change. Okonkwo is a well-respected, wealthy leader in the Umuofia tribe of the Igbo people. Okonkwo feared of being like his father who is well known for his laziness also cowardice. In such early age he brought honor to his village, he built his home, was a precocious wrestler and a hard-working farmer. Okonkwo was nothing like his father Unkoka who feared the sight of blood, borrowed and lost money leaving his wife and kids hungry, Unkoka was weak and Okonkwo showed the complete opposite. Soon his hard work pays off.
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824 words - 3 pagesBook: "ThingsFallApart"Author: Chinua Achebe.Text:In the novel "ThingsFallApart", by Chinua Achebe, the protagonist, Okonkwo, encounters many problems in his struggle to become the leader of the clan. But is he able to fully overcome these problems? His son is Christian, he beats his wives, he kills a clansman, and murders his own adopted son, Ikemefuna. The question is whether Okonkwo is really causing his own problems, or whether he is just an unlucky person. He doesn't seem toVIEW DOCUMENT
640 words - 3 pagesIn the novel ThingsFallApart, the author Achebe explores a theme of masculinity versus femininity. The Igbo society was dominated by gender roles. Men discriminated against women. Women and men were not considered to be virtually equal. Women are taught to mother while men are conditioned to dominate and control. The author mainly portrays the masculine versus feminine theme to make an important connection between the gender roles.
To men women exist in a world in which they are to be seen and not heard. The author analyzes and makes a connection between the women as not only women in general but as wives, mothers, and daughters also. This is to show that they all have something inVIEW DOCUMENT
848 words - 3 pages In the novel, ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe, a cultural clash between Ibo culture and Western culture was assessed through fictional literature. Several characters reacted to this in their unique ways, either by accepting or rejecting European beliefs. However, the character Okonkwo, a proud, strong and well respected warrior in the Igbo Society had a significant reaction to the new culture. When the new, western culture comes to Igbo society, Okonkwo, of Clan Umuofia, responds by using violence as the only choice. This decision carried dire consequences, and lead to Oknonkwo’s death.
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1352 words - 5 pages traditional and unique people, who are people just like everyone else. Achebe is able to describe the Igbo people as people who make mistakes but can learn and always adapt their culture and that sometimes tradition is something that means a lot to some of the people of Umuofia.
In “ThingsFallApart”, Achebe is able to help the readers imagine the culture of Umuofia, and the characters represented in the story. Achebe is able to help Africans/Nigerians regain their tradition by describing how sacred it is and how big a part of life it is for some people. Achebe describes in many ways the “depth and beauty” in the Igbo people, by describing rituals or possibly stories that the people live by, but mainly the culture and the strong passion these people have for their heritage. And Achebe describes the Igbo people as regular people, people who have a passion for something, as people who have regrets and sorrows, but also as people who can accept and forgive.
1970 words - 8 pagesThingsFallApart
Chinua Achebe?s ThingsFallApart is a narrative story that follows the life of an African man called Okonkwo. The setting of the book is in eastern Nigeria, on the eve of British colonialism in Africa. The novel illustrates Okonkwo?s struggles, triumphs, and his eventual downfall, all of which basically coincide with the Igbo?s society?s struggle with the Christian religion and British government. In this essay I will give a biographical account of Okonwo, which will serve to help understand that social, political, and economic institutions of the Igbos.
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709 words - 3 pagesPolygamy in ThingsFallApart It is obvious that in reading ThingsFallApart that polygamy was alive and well in the village of Umuofia. Not only was it accepted it was expected.Men's wealth was judged by their huge barns [and their] number of wives and children. The more wives a man had, usually meant more children. If a man had several wives and many offspring, he of course had to provide for all of them, hence more land [was] needed for planting crops, and more barns for storing food. Men seemed to benefit greatly from having more than one wife, but did they really? A manVIEW DOCUMENT
549 words - 2 pagesThe story ThingsFallApart, by Chinua Achebe, is a narrative story of a man named Okonkwo and his life and the tribe he lives in. Achebe uses the story of Okonkwo to show the reader the deeper meaning; one of the lack of self-knowledge and the harm it causes. To point this out, Achebe uses the contrast of Okonkwo's feelings when he is in two contrasting places. Okonkwo first lives in Umuofia. This village is where Okonkwo feels the strongest. He has three wives, an impressive compound, and two barns full ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1569 words - 6 pagesThingsFallApart
By Chinua Achebe
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
New York, New York
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, or Chinua Achebe, was born November 16, 1930, in Ogidi, Nigeria. His parents were Janet N. Achebe, and Isaiah Okafo, a teacher in a missionary school. Mr. Achebe was educated at the University College of Ibadan, but also attended Government College in 1944. He wrote his first novel, ThingsFallApart, in 1958. During the Biafran War, he was in the Biafran government service. After the war, Mr. Achebe taught at several universities, both in Nigeria and in the United States. In 1967 he cofounded a publishing company with a fellowVIEW DOCUMENT
674 words - 3 pages Summary and Analysis of: ThingsFallApart
There are many lessons that we learn in life. Chinua Achebe?s ThingsFallApart teaches one of life?s greatest lesson. True, lasting happiness matters more than ones social rank or ones rank of wealth. Okonkwo, who is the main character in this book, is trying his best to be the man that is father was not. His father was a well known bum and a man who owed a lot of debts. Okonkwo felt that men are always suppose to be strong, leaders, and do what people perceive are typical male tasks. But his father, Unoka, did not fit his description of what he felt a real man should be. He was ashamed of his father.
965 words - 4 pagesIn looking at ThingsFallApart, and its representation of two entirely dissimilar groups of people, cultural superiority is questioned. When diverse cultures cross, there is controversy concerning which way of life is better. One culture may feel that the way of life they have been living is better than the other. However, it is not for any ethnicity to say their society is better than another. In fact, a group may actually be causing harm to another by simply trying to prove their culture is better. It is clear that for the Ibo people, the Ibo culture is best for their lives. This becomes evident byVIEW DOCUMENT
980 words - 4 pages“He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (Achebe 172). This is the reaction of Oberike, a respected man who lives in Umuofia recalling his hand to hand experience with the Europeans. The Europeans demanded for more resources and the desire to change Africa’s economic and political expansion. The age of imperialism began around 1700 when modern nations (Europeans) want to take over less designated areas in Africa to colonize them or to influence them with the beliefs in order to expand their power. In the Novel ThingsFallApart, the author Chinua Achebe describes the setting of the Niger River being overrun by the British. Okonkwo was a very wellVIEW DOCUMENT
732 words - 3 pagesThingsFallApart
Opposites do not Attract
In ThingsFallApart, by Chinua Achebe, Mr. Brown, the first missionary in Umuofia, was a kind and respectful man. Not to say that Reverend James Smith was not, but his degree of kindness and respect were present in a whole different level. They both wanted to convert the lost, all those in Umuofia that were not in the church. Mr. Brown made friends with the clan and “trod softly on his faith,” (pg.178) while Mr. Smith told them how things were in a harsh voice and tried to force his religion on the people of Umuofia. The impacts the two had on the people and the church were exact opposites.
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834 words - 3 pagesThingsFallApartThingsfallapart is a novel about a man by the name of Okonkwo a man that just trying to be the best he can be. He wants to be successful and not end up like his father with nothing but himself.
Okonkwo is a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan, a lower Nigerian tribe that is part of the nine connected villages, including Okonkwo’s village Iguedo. Okonkwo father Unoka was a man who feared the sight of blood and always asked for things he was never successful with nothing not even when it came to his farm. His wife and kids often went hungry because of him. One night, the town crier had rung the ogene, and requested that all of the clansmen gather in theVIEW DOCUMENT
626 words - 3 pages being the death of Ikemefuna. He did not deserve to die, yet he did. Eventually, the realization that Ikemefuna was one of the many sacrifices Okonkwo associated with becomes clear. Another association concerns Ekwefi and her trying past with children. Though the impact of Ekwefi's miscarriages, dead infants, and the miraculously healthy and long life of Ezinma has sculpted her into a strong woman, the 9 children she birthed who did not survive through infancy are symbolic of the extremity of sorrow that Okonkwo and his family must undergo in order to clear his father's name. Nwoye, Okonkwo's eldest son, alsoVIEW DOCUMENT
803 words - 3 pagesIn Achebe's novel "ThingsFallApart," the plot revolves around the relationships between the characters and what they represent. Symbolism, an important element in the book, is used greatly to describe how the characters develop and react to each other in the novel. Symbolism shows what the characters represent and what they can relate to as a result of their actions. Three major characters in the novel show symbolism by what they do inVIEW DOCUMENT
869 words - 3 pagesDifferent countries have people that hold many different views and beliefs. In Nigeria the Igbo area is located in the southern area of the country. And within this area is Umuofia, which is where the Ogidi tribe lives. These people have beliefs that rest strongly on religion and faith in god. "ThingsFallApart" by Chinua Achebe takes a look at the life of an African tribe that has been isolated from the outer more technologically advanced world where science has become a part of religion proving that certain things live sickness are not caused by evil spirits. But the African tribe has no knowledge of this and they live in a society where there traditions, beliefs and there forms ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1737 words - 7 pages lands and enforce the natives to be more civilized like Europeans. Unlike the Europeans who believed they were bringing positive changes and good deeds to the locals from an Imperialistic point of view, the majority of natives were affected by the political, cultural, religious, and economic changes which are depicted in the Achebe’s novel, ThingsFallApart. The novel primarily focuses on small villages such as Umuofia village in southern Nigeria, and the native’s first and prolonged contacts with the British expansionism or missionaries.
In the novel, Achebe depicts the political changes that have occurred from pre-European arrival and post-European prolonged stay that have differentiatedVIEW DOCUMENT
650 words - 3 pagesThere are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention."-James Baldwin. Respond to this quote in relation to Achebe's novel, ThingsFallapart.The quote by James Baldwin can be applied to Achebe's novel, Thingsfallapart, by understanding that the reference to man inVIEW DOCUMENT
2063 words - 8 pagesChinua Achebe’s novel “ThingsFallApart” chronicles the life of Okonkwo, a strong man whose existence is dominated by fear and anger, and the Ibo tribe, a people deeply rooted in cultural belief and tradition. As events unfold, Okonkwo’s carefully constructed world and the Ibo way of life collapses. The story of Okonkwo’s fall from a respected and feared leader of the Ibo tribe to an outcast who dies in disgrace dramatizes his inability to evolve beyond his personal beliefs, affecting the entire Ibo tribe beyond measure. The “things” that fallapart in Achebe’s novel are Okonkwo’s life – his ambition, dreams, family unity and material wealth – and the Ibo way of life – their beliefsVIEW DOCUMENT
655 words - 3 pagesAn old adage says you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family. (attention grabber) The novel ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe focuses on one Nigerian family that is dealing with a changing culture. (background) How a person interacts with family can reveal a lot about a person's personality. (controlling idea) Okonkwo's relationship with his family shows both the negative and positive aspects of his character. (thesis statement)Some of Okonkwo's interactions with his family highlight his bad temper. (topic sent.) One negative relationship is reflected in his treatment of hisVIEW DOCUMENT
734 words - 3 pages In many works of literature, characters often must adjust to life in a new environment. In the novel ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe, a man lives in a society and that turns out not be what he thought it was. Okonkwo, the main character of the novel, must adjust to new environments not only physically, but also mentally. After unintentionally killing someone, Okonkwo gets banished from his clan for 7 years and must move to his motherland, where he hasn’t been since he began to become a very famous wrestler. He has to adjust to that environment again. After the 7 years is over, and he moves back to his clan, Okonkwo finds that it had changed a great deal over time and he must adjustVIEW DOCUMENT
536 words - 2 pagesThroughout the novel "ThingsFallApart", the main antagonist, Okonkwo, appears to be courageous and never fails. However, his decision to kill himself is a cowardly act.One reason Okonkwo chose the cowardly escape of killing himself is because he felt abandoned by his tribe. These feelings of abandonment arose because of his tribe's passive conversion to Christianity. On page 149, the narrator says "Although Nwoye had been attracted toVIEW DOCUMENT
947 words - 4 pagesINTRODUCTION:Chinua Achebe has penned the book "ThingsFallApart" as retaliation against the Western books portraying African cultures and tribal religions as brutal, savage and animalistic. He attempts to portray through his book that the people of the African Igbo tribe are not savages or mindless tribals, they are a people with a history and a culture and a well thought out way of life. He also tries to give a realistic portrayal of the Igbo tribe`s traditions, festivals, social hierarchy and religious activities, along with the effect of Imperialism on the tribe and its people, withVIEW DOCUMENT
648 words - 3 pagesJordan Scott 3A10/29/14Cultural Conflict: Argumentative AnalysisIn the novel, ThingsFallApart, by Chinua Achebe, the author creates a theme of masculinity. Because power is associated with masculinity, Achebe makes the male protagonist, Okonkwo, one of the most powerful and feared leaders in the clan. Men are often viewed as being more powerfulVIEW DOCUMENT
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The novel ThingsFallApart, displays Okonkwo, a local leader in the village of Nigeria. It describes how his family, comrades and the society and culture of lgbo inherit under the influence of British Colonialism and Christian missionaries during the late nineteen century. The protagonist Okonkwo is portrayed as a masculine and irritable solider who tries to prevent his villages from the invasion of Christianity, but eventually fails. He is a tragic hero who represents a culture that has been replaced by Christianity. On the other hand, Mr. Brown is a representation of Western culture that at first is a missionary but turns in to a colonizer. In the text, Okonkwo’s flawVIEW DOCUMENT
1798 words - 7 pagesFear is like religion which can poison thoughts and bias views before overwhelming and ultimately taking over one’s innocence and morals. In Chinua Achebe’s novel ThingsFallApart, Okonkwo’s reprehensible actions are caused by his fogged view of right and wrong since his life is dominated by a lifelong fear of failure. Okonkwo’s profound fear of failure originated from his failures of his father Unoka, and Okonkwo’s life purpose is to be the opposite of Unoka and to achieve high titles. If Okonkwo’s Ibo culture prospers then the title hierarchy will remain and Okonkwo can eventually earn his respected place in his community. Fear takes over Okonkwo’s’ ability to process reason andVIEW DOCUMENT
1767 words - 7 pagesIn Chinua Achebe’s Classic 1959 novel ThingsFallApart, we are faced with the foreign ways of the Ibo people of present-day Nigeria. The story is told through the experiences and often times thoughts of protagonist Okonkwo, an imperfect but respected clansman whose fear of appearing weak drives every decision he makes. In the peak of conflict, Okonkwo is exiled for seven years, loses much of the esteem he had gained and finds his bad Chi to be to blame. Eventually, this leads him to commit suicide. However, despite his belief that his Chi is blocking his good efforts, Okonkwo does have good Chi and free will, and it is his fear of weakness that truly brings upon his downfall.
1462 words - 6 pagesThe novel, ThingsFallApart, by Chinua Achebe, describes a traditional village in Africa called Ibo. Achebe is trying to tell the outside world about the little village and to remind the people of its own traditional values. In those days, many Africans were just willing to accept that there culture as nothing and full of rubble, as the European influence grew. In this novel Achebe will enlighten the reader with fascinating descriptions and idea of the people's way of life.The Ibo tribe has a strong tradition, which determines the things that are done and held together. Okonkwo, who is the protagonist inVIEW DOCUMENT
1536 words - 6 pages In ThingsFallApart, Achebe explains the pre-colonial African woman’s role in Ibo society. He presents women as a sadly oppressed group with no power. Even in these circumstances, women play the most important role of all.
The relationship between males and females in this novel is masculine-based. Men with no title are compared to being a woman (representing weakness) and given no respect. Men are expected to control and rule their women and children. Those that cannot accomplish this are not considered a man. Men are considered important. They are respected more with age and revered with achievement (Achebe, 1994). The highest accolades for the successful farmer, warrior, andVIEW DOCUMENT
1388 words - 6 pagesIn Achebe’s book, “ThingsFallApart”, the life of a Nigerian man named Okowkwo is depicted. At first look, it may seem that Okowkwo’s story is the main theme of the book, but upon further examination it is easy to see that the plight of his indigenous Igbo people are the main theme representing what really fell apart.
Achebe introduces the reader to the intricate culture of the Igbo people from the earliest chapters in the book. He describes rituals, laws, and religion of these people with great attention to detail allowing the reader to further understand and identify with the Igbo people on a personal level. An example of this is the tradition of kola nut and how it is shared whenVIEW DOCUMENT
1779 words - 7 pagesExistentialism in ThingsFallApart
Chinua Achebe presents his audience with an interesting twist to a contemporary school of thought in his work ThingsFallApart. This post-colonization narrative incorporates several traits that revolt against normative philosophic systems and tralititious theories and beliefs of the existence of man and his place in the universe. Achebe's efforts are characterized by a small diverse group of writers that purge realizations of predestination, and instead define man's existence by identifying his independent choices throughout the life course. Achebe's style, although peculiar in one sense, can be defined in relation to theVIEW DOCUMENT
2109 words - 8 pagesWomen have frequently been viewed as inferior to men throughout human history. This theme can be explored through works of literature and examples can be found in cultures of the past and present. In fact, there are many seemingly different cultures that share that one major similarity: the oppression and subjugation of women. Upon reading ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe, it becomes clear that the primary reason for the abuse of women is the common cultural belief that women are secondary to men. This conclusion is further justified after reading A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Throughout history, many cultures have been heavily masculine based. There are countless examples of menVIEW DOCUMENT
769 words - 3 pagesIn the famous novel ThingsFallApart, written by Chinua Achebe, the main character, Okonkwo, is described to be a strong and reliable character. He is also thought to be a wonderful father. The story starts out in a village called Umuofia, this is where his fathers tribe is from. Okonkwo is considered to be a great warrior and he defends his village whenever it is necessary. He was known throughout the nine villages and beyond as the man who threw the great wrestler known as the Cat. He was known as the Cat because heVIEW DOCUMENT
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3. Whites often referred to Africa as the “Dark Continent,” a place of evil. Considering Igbo traditional beliefs and the colonial encounter between Britain and the Igbo, where is evil located in this book?
In the ThingsFallApart, Achebe (1969) portrays Nigeria at a time when the arrival of the British was intrusive as they crept within Nigeria’s borders and made an overwhelming influence while they claimed that Nigerians were ultimately evil and needed to be controlled. In essence, it appears that one of Achebe’s (1969) goals is to convey to readers what the British’s alternative motives were when British colonialism occurred. Even though the British wished to portrayVIEW DOCUMENT
1036 words - 4 pagesBoth Beloved by Toni Morrison and ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe are popular works of literature in African and African American culture. Both books are diverse and provide an inside look into the African and African American cultures. Beloved involves a group of characters that have dealt with slavery, losing family members, and being free and trying to learn how to live in society. Slavery induced negative effects on everyone who went through it and destroyed families. The main character Sethe deals with the past decisions see made, one major decision involves killing her baby and seeing her ghost years later. Past and present memories are explained in the book showing what the mainVIEW DOCUMENT
963 words - 4 pagesOkonkwo in Chinua Achebe's ThingsFallApart
Okonkwo, as presented by Chinua Achebe in the novel ThingsFallApart, wished to be revered by all as a man of great wealth, power and control--the antithesis of his father. Okonkwo was driven by the need to exhibit utmost control over himself and others; he was an obsessive and insecure man.
Okonkwo's father, Unoka, was "a failure," "a loafer," and "People laughed at him" (1426). This would bring great shame to any man as it did for Okonkwo. In Umuofia "a man is judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father" (1427). In Umuofia "achievement was revered." Okonkwo became obsessed with the need to prove toVIEW DOCUMENT
1189 words - 5 pagesThroughout time, women have been oppressed and had to struggle in severaldifferent places and throughout all different time periods; female suffering over time,has become a hot topic of examination and argument. Both Chinua Achebe's tragic workThingsFallApart, as well as the article "Women in Achebe's World" written by feministprofessor and literary critic Rose Ure Mezu, examine the intricate roles both men andwomen play in society. While Achebe's novel relays no contentment for dominated andexploited women, Mezu's work analyzes the complex role women play inVIEW DOCUMENT
549 words - 2 pagesOne of the themes in "ThingsFallApart" is the question whether or not it is better to have change or to keep tradition. This question has various affects on all the characters. Okonkwo hates the new changes being made in government and religion. He feels that if these changes are made people will view him as being "weak." This change in Okonkwo's opinion means his fear of losing his social status in the community, which he can not let it happen to himself. However the villagers are excited and look forward to the changes in tradition. These changes for the villagers would also mean the extinction of their traditional methodsVIEW DOCUMENT
1126 words - 5 pagesThe definition of sexism is discrimination on the basis of sex. In many cultures sexism was and still is a controversial topic. In fact, women in America couldn’t even vote until the 1920’s. The abundant masculinity in this novel is not sexism but just how the culture functions. Chinua Achebe’s novel ThingsFallApart is not sexist towards women; in fact, it shows that women are essential to the Ibo society and posses a great amount of strength.
For example, the novel is not sexist because it emphasizes the importance of the women to the society. One of the major contributions women make is the amount of crops they harvest. “His mother and his sister worked hard enough, but they grew theVIEW DOCUMENT
1105 words - 4 pagesUmuofia is a village in Africa, and the inhabitants there are usually united. However, when the Christians arrive and permeate the village, the clan changes but also falls apart. The novel in which this story takes place is called ThingsFallApart by Chinua Achebe. The story is about a well-respected man named Okonkwo who has three wives and many children, the oldest being Nwoye. Okonkwo is banished for seven years from Umuofia, and during those seven years, Umuofia is changed fundamentally by the Christian faith. Many people are converted, but the whole clan is in conflict. This novel demonstrates that Christianity destroys but also guides the Ibo culture in Umuofia.
Initially, theVIEW DOCUMENT