While Achebe’s literary intentions in “Things Fall Apart” were probably noble, his achievement, in the eyes of many critics, falls short of the mark (Quayson 117). By presenting some beliefs, rituals, and characteristics of the community about which he writes, Achebe necessarily leaves out other important details about Igbo culture in “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, giving the reader only a partial view and understanding of the tribe and its culture. Thus, the reader sees that although history and narrative can be complementary—after all, history itself is a narrative, and it is certainly not objective (Gikandi 3)—the relationship between the two also poses particular problems for the writer and the reader of a fiction work.
The relationship between history and narrative is not always or immediately a troubled one as it appears to be in the case of “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe . As Gikandi observes, “literature [is] about real and familiar worlds, of culture and human experience, of politics and economics, now re-routed through a language and structure that seemed at odds with the history or geography... [continues]
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