Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart: Full of Hidden Meanings

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To begin with, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a very simple and easy read. It should only take maybe a day or two at the most to read. However, for more advanced readers who look deep inside the sentences and phrases of the book, Things Fall Apartis full of hidden meanings. This book is full of metaphors, irony, and similes. In this blog I will analyze the metaphors, irony, and also give an overview of the book. There are many metaphors throughout the novel and they all aid in the description of a specific event or task in order to enable the reader to fully grasp the concept that is being told. The first metaphor that I’d like to touch base on is when Chinua Achebe is describing the wrestling matches between the nine Ibo villages “The sound of the drums was no longer a separate thing from the living village. It was like the pulsation of its heart.” This metaphor is depicting how large an ordeal the wrestling matches were to Ibo society. The village is no longer separate living breathing people. They are now one being, one beating heart that’s anticipating the match to come. Achebe showed the power of the egwugwu court in a very creative and interesting way. “The wave struck the women and children and there was a backward stampede”. This is potraying a picture in the reader’s mind of a tsunami coming to shore and as the women and children see it they turn on their heels and run like a “backward stampede”. So even though the women in the tribe knew that the egwugwu court were their menfolk, they were still afraid of them and their powers. This is because once the men put on their egwugwu masks they became the spirits of the nine Ibo clans and ceased to exhist as men. There is a variation in the types of irony used by Achebe in this book. The first type of irony I’m going to analyze is tragic irony. After Okonkwo is exhiled he is visited by his friend Obierika. Obierika has been taking care of Okonkwo’s finances and when Okonkwo begins to thank him...
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