Songs Relating to "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe

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Lose Yourself- EminemLose Yourself is a song about a young rap artist who has one shot to make it big. If he succeeds he can finally become rich and famous and get away from the normal life. This has always been his dream and he now has the chance to get it.

This song relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 1, Okonkwo had a chance to show everybody he was stronger than his father was, and that chance was beating everyone at a wrestling match. He beat Amalinze the Cat who had been undefeated for seven years; this brought great honor to his village and made everyone respect Okonkwo. This also proved to Okonkwo that he was nothing like his weak father. Okonkwo is then able to attain a position of wealth and gain a good and respected reputation, even though his father was shameful and poor.

Numb- Linkin ParkThe song Numb is about a person having to live up to someone else expectations. They are pressured into being exactly like someone else. They are always smothered and don't like that they can not be who they want to be. The person then becomes numb and he no longer cares about this person. He will not live up to his/her expectations any longer and will be the person he wants to be.

This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 2 you can see that Okonkwo pressures his son, Nwoye, to be just like him. Okonkwo find Nwoye to be lazy and not manly enough so he beats and nags at him constantly. Nwoye then becomes more attached to Ikemefuna who is shows care and comfort and becomes less attached to his father who is far more heavy-handed and intimidating.

Rain- Sarah BrightmanRain is about a woman praying for rain. She feels that having it rain is the only chance to start again. She keeps on begging for rain and saying it's the only chance of living.

This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 3 there was a drought. This caused horrible harvest and many farmers were devastated. Okonkwo had planted 400 yam seeds and could only keep one third of

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