Things Falls Apart

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The novel “Things Fall Apart” written in 1982 by Chinua Achebe's is homage to his ancestors and the culture of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. Achebe was born and raised in a large village in Nigeria. He was also educated in Nigeria. After a short career in radio, Achebe began to lecture abroad and settled for a while as an English professor at the University of Massachusetts. Achebe's blend of culture and harsh reality makes for an amazing read especially in literature. It provides a wealth of information about the culture and traditions of Nigeria, and details about how colonialism was able to tear apart a powerful tribe. Although Things Fall Apart is a work of fiction, its depiction of Ibo tribes and customs is informative. There was a man who dreamed as a child of being well known and respected throughout his village. This man, Okonkwo, worked hard at his goal, and he achieved it. Although Okonkwo reached his goal at an early age, his life began to Fall Apart when tragic episodes took places. First, Okonkwo, the main character in “Things Fall Apart” is a member of the Ibo culture. The Ibo is held together by one string, which is basically their tradition. Okonkwo is an extreme believer that his way, is the only way. Okonkwo is also 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 throwing Amalinze the Cat..."(3-4). This suggests that in Okonkwo's society, power is achieved by making a name for yourself in any way possible, even if that means fighting and wrestling to get your fame. Even though Okonkwo breaks some rules in his own society, he thinks very highly of his own culture. The Ibo ways are the only ways that Okonkwo allows himself to see. He is a man demanding of his own family, dominating those around him, and rules “his household with a heavy hand”. Okonkwo is plagued...
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