Things Fall Apart

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  • Topic: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, Igbo people
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The book Things Fall Apart successfully expressed how Chinua Achebe had succeeded in writing a different story. It pointed out the conflict of oneself in the Ibo society. Throughout the novel, Chinua Achebe used simple but dignified words and unlike other books, he also included some flashbacks and folktales to make the novel more interesting and comprehensible. Things Fall Apart was about a man named Okonkwo, who was always struggling with his inner fear although he was known for being a strong, powerful, and fearless warrior. He feared of weakness and failure more than the fear of losing and dying and that foreshadowing the consequences he got at the end.

Okonkwo struggles with fear of becoming like his father, fear of looking weak, and fear of his children not becoming like him but he must conquer the image of weakness inside him and his fear of powerlessness. He reveals his fear of becoming like his father in his thoughts and wants to be a prosperous person and does not want to deal with the idea of being lazy and good for nothing. Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father through his actions. Then asks to borrow yam seeds from Nwakibie and works hard to grow his farm. This shows Okonkwo values hard work and effort and does not want to fall into debt like his father. He would rather be the complete opposite of Unoka and become more independent. Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father through his words. While Okonkwo speaks to Nwakibie at his hut, Okonkwo says, “I know what it is to ask a man to trust another with his yams, especially these days when young men are afraid of hard work. I am not afraid of work.” This shows Okonkwo wants to succeed with his farm and not go into debt like his father. He is more determined to work hard on his farm. Okonkwo shows fear of looking weak through his actions, thoughts, and words. He drinks wine from the head of a man he killed in war, wants the Ibo tribe to look at his social status as a...
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