Family In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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In “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, Achebe demonstrates how family brings the Ibo culture together and how it causes it to fall apart. Achebe uses point of view to develop and support how family can bring Ibo culture together but just as easily tear it apart. The purpose of this novel was to show the impact family has in Ibo culture in order to demonstrate the effects to western cultures.
Things Fall Apart Is a novel about a man Okonkwo and his village. From a very young age Okonkwo was known as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Okonkwo is known as an emotionless man. His father was a failure and Okonkwo felt like showing emotions was a sign of weakness. During a funeral ceremony for one of the clan leaders, Okonkwo’s gun accidently
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In chapters 7-8, Okonkwo and the leaders of the village are told that Ikemefuna, a young man that was granted to the village for the death of a member, must die by the order of the Oracle, priestess goddess Agbala. Okonkwo is told not to take part in Ikemefuna’s death, but he still decides to go. Ikemefuna is told by Okonkwo that he was going back home, although he only said this in order for Ikemefuna to follow the men. The men and Ikemefuna were passing through the evil forest, where they would kill him, Achebe is using a panoramic point of view here to show the reader the setting of where they are, Achebe states, “The footway had now become a narrow line in the heart of the forest. The short trees and sparse undergrowth which surrounded the men’s village began to give way to giant trees and climbers which perhaps had stood from the beginning of things, untouched by the ax and the bush-fire. The sun breaking through their leaves and branches threw a pattern of light and shade on the sandy footway. (7.63)” As the novel progresses Achebe magnifies into the men and Ikemefuna, where he reveals what exactly they are doing. Achebe then focuses on Ikemefuna showing

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