Things Fall Apart

Topics: Igbo people, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Pages: 60 (22833 words) Published: August 27, 2013
Things Fall Apart
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By
Chinua Achebe
First published: 1958
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Table of Contents

Literary Elements
• Setting 
• List of Characters 
• Conflict 
• Short Chapter Summary (Synopsis) 
• Themes 
• Mood 
• Chinua Achebe - Biography
• Literary Information
• Historical Information 

Chapter Summaries with Notes / Analysis
Part One
• Chapter 1
• Chapter 2 
• Chapter 3
• Chapter 4
• Chapter 5
• Chapter 6
• Chapter 7
• Chapter 8
• Chapter 9
• Chapter 10
• Chapter 11
• Chapter 12
• Chapter 13 

Part Two
• Chapter 14
• Chapter 15
• Chapter 16
• Chapter 17
• Chapter 18
• Chapter 19

Part Three
• Chapter 20
• Chapter 21
• Chapter 22
• Chapter 23
• Chapter 24
• Chapter 25

Overall Analysis 
• Character Analysis 
• Plot Structure Analysis
• Themes - Theme Analysis
• The Tragic Faults of Okonkwo
• The Life of the Tribe

LITERARY ELEMENTS

SETTING
The novel is set during the late 1800s/early 1900s in a small village called Umuofia situated in the southeastern part of Nigeria. The time period is important, as it was a period in colonial history when the British were expanding their influence in Africa, economically, culturally, and politically. Umuofia is an Igbo village with very well defined traditions. It is a village that is respected by those around it as being powerful and rich. Each person has a hut or obi that is located in the center of a compound. Each of the wives has a separate obi with a shed for goats and an attached chicken coop. The main occupation of the men is sowing and growing yams since yams are considered the most important crop. The women grew less significant crops like coco-yams, beans and cassava. When Okonkwo is banished from his village, he takes his family to his mother’s native village called Mbanta, where he is given two or three plots of land to farm, and a plot of ground on which to build his compound. The next seven years of Okonkwo’s life are spent in the village of Mbanta. He then returns to Umuofia where the rest of the novel takes place.

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Major Characters

Okonkwo
The hardy and ambitious leader of the Igbo community. He is a farmer as well as a wrestler, who has earned fame and brought honor to his village by overthrowing Amalinze in a wrestling contest. Still only in his thirties, he has three wives and several children who all live in their own homes in his village compound. Okonkwo has resolved to erase the stigma left on him by his father’s laziness and is very successful growing yams. He has very strong economic and political ties to the village and is treated with admiration and respect. Okonkwo is a man of action. Obierika

Okonkwo’s close friend, he helps him with the crops during his period of exile, and keeps him informed of the radical changes taking place in the village. He is a thoughtful man, who questions the traditions of society. He is also Maduka and Ekuke’s father. Ekwefi

Okonkwo’s second wife, she is the mother of Ezinma, her only living child, whom she will do anything for even if that means defying tradition. Ezinma 
Ekwefi and Okonkwo’s daughter, she is born after many miscarriages and is loved and pampered by her mother. She has a special relationship with Chielo, the woman who acts as the voice of Agbala, the Oracle. Okonkwo is fond of her and often wishes that ‘she were a boy.’ Nwoye

Okonkwo’s son from his first wife. He is a sensitive young man who, much to his father’s dismay, joins the Christian missionaries. Ikemefuna 
A boy who is bought as hostage from Mbaino, and who lives with Okonkwo for three years. He is a clever and resourceful young man yet comes to an unfortunate end. Chielo 
The priestess of Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and Caves, who carries Ezinma on her back to the...
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