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I like the novel because it shuns away from discussing the pre-colonial life Eden. Instead, the author sketches a world in which war, suffering and violence exist, but are balanced by a powerful sense of social coherence, ritual, along with tradition. I also liked the fact that Achebe’s Ibo protagonist, Okonkwo, was a self-made person (Roberts 14). Okonkwo was the sons of a charming neer-do-well, who worked extremely hard all his life to triumph over his fathers weakness. As the novel progresses, this young fighter eventually gained prosperity, and became a widely respected person in his village, Umuofia (Roberts 17). His villagers could now depend on Okonkwo for advice. Okonkwo was a prosperous farmer, a champion wrestler, father to several children and a husband to three wives. He was also a person who exhibited flaws well-renowned in Greek tragedy (Achebe 34).
Okonkwo controlled his household with a grave hand. His spouses, in particular the youngest, lived in unending fear of his burning temper, and also his little children. This portrays how African families lived before the European exploration. Such a line also shows how African men were powerful in the colonial days (Achebe 36). Maybe Okonkwo, down in his heart, was not a mean person. However, his entire life was subject to fear, the fear of not succeeding and of weakness. It was more intimate and much deeper than the fear capricious gods, evil and magic. Oknokwo was also more fearful of failing than the fear of forests and nature. Okonkwos fear of failing was much greater that the factors mentioned above (Roberts 23). It could not be observed openly, but lay deep within himself. He feared that one day he might follow the steps of his father, living as a deprived person. It is essential to note that Africans, back in the colonial days, were extremely superstitious. Therefore, for a person to not believe in nature among other factors is overwhelming. Such as
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The story essentially begins by the show of valour and strength by Okonkyo in a wrestling match. However the villagers are accommodative in nature, as they even have place for people like his father irrespective of his material failures and debts.
Things Fall Apart. There are many novels in this world that seek to capture history, emotion, or simply a piece of the human experience. Within the novel entitled Things Fall Apart, author Chinua Achebe is able to succeed at presenting all three of these aspects which is perhaps one of the reasons why this book has achieved such acclaim and global success.
Though Achebe moans this disintegration, he has not glossed over the deficits, deficiencies and superstitions that the tribal culture holds at its heart. By assuming this neutral stance he puts forward the proposition that the African tribes are not as savage and brute as what any European stereotypical view about the African professes; rather the Africans have their own culture, cultural standards and values, justice system, society, etc unlike the Europeans’ stereotypical anticipation; that the western culture is not as whimsical as the Africans commonly assume it.
The setting of the book ‘Things Fall Apart’ is quite fascinating, and it makes the novel an interesting read. The book is set in the late 1800s and early 1900s, in a small village by the name Umuofia situated in the southeast part of Nigeria.
Achebe realizes and understands the complexity of the colonial situation at the centre of his novel, and the diversity of his representations demonstrate this. What's more, our reading of the white European in Things Fall Apart is further complicated by Achebe's insistence on remaining hidden behind a further layer, that of his narrative voice.
His death symbolizes his ultimate failure in his struggle against the invading white. But on the collective level, Okonkwo’s suicide refers to the death of a culture that cannot survive on its own because its deficits in comparison to the rationalities of encroaching white
In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1994) dispelled the myth of the ignorant African savage. Achebe (1994) told the story of Okonkwo, who is an ideal example of a leader from a proud, independent, and intelligent, traditional African culture. Okonkwo’s greatest weakness resulted from his obsession with his father’s failures.
The arrival of the Christian missionaries who not only looked down on the Igbo’s beliefs but also disdained their numerous gods signaled the beginning of the end of Umuofia. In any tribal society, the unity of the community members and their obedience to
The influence of missionaries on the religion of Ibo during the pre-colonial period was seen to invoke a sharp resistance from the Ibo people. . The Ibos were already rich with religion and traditions before the coming of the missionaries.