Things Fall Apart Essays

The Main Character in Things Fall Apart

Is Okonkwo a better man than his father? Why or why not? Were the Christian missionaries good men or not? Explain             The main character in Things Fall Apart is a man whose name is Okwonkwo. Okwonko’s father is Unoka. He is characterized as a lazy, with the burdens of unaccountable debts, and with no titles to owning any land. These certain titles were basically the measurement of one’s success during their lifetime. In Okwonko views his father as a…

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Comparing Diverse African Cultures

Throughout every culture there are many similar customs, however it is the personal experiences that make the cultures different and diverse. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main character Okonkwo lives in Umofia until the tribe exiles him for accidentally killing a man in his village. After seven years the people of his village allow him to return to Umofia, among his return there are white missionaries in his village that have come to introduce christianity…

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Role of Violence

Violence is a common literary element present in both the books, Things Fall Apart and in Persepolis. The depiction of violence gives the story a different view and a negative image. In things fall apart, the depiction of violence is more as it defies the culture and the traditions of the Igbo people. They believe in evil spirit who has the power over all the people. This culture worships the value of killing and murdering. Acts of violence are often…

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_things Fall Apart_ as Well as West Africa and Sundiata (sunjata)

In this essay I will be talking about the book “Things Fall Apart”, as well as West Africa and Sundiata (Sunjata).  I will look at the unique personal relationships among the people in West Africa, and how this affected the economy and trade, especially following the infiltration of the Europeans in 1450.  In analyzing the book “Things Fall Apart” I will further look at a fictional, but poignantly portrayed, story of life and death and drama in West Africa in…

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No Longer at Ease

One of Chinua Achebe’s main socio-political criticisms in No Longer At Easeis that of corruption in Nigeria. From the moment the book begins the main character, Obi Okonkwo, is confronted with the issue of bribery. From the moment he arrives at customs to the point at where he gives in to taking bribes himself, the voice of Achebe lingers in the backdrop through the words. At first Obi is as critical as Achebe of bribery. He refuses to take bribes…

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Reflection of When Things Fall Apart

Pema Chodron should be considered a spiritual teacher for anyone. Whether they are aspiring to have one, they already have one or don’t desire one at all. In her book, When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron exposes the overwhelming potential for happiness, wisdom and courage. She explains how one can experience all of these even during the most painful of circumstances. She introduces us to the face that there is an ultimate opportunity for the right of happiness that is…

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Postmodern Literature

“The Garden of Forking Paths,” by taking the form of a signed statement made by the main character of the story, Dr. Yu Tsun, has a specific instance that reverts back to the past which is the technique of flashback in postmodern literature. That precise instance is when Dr. Tsun reflects on his great ancestor, Ts’ui Pen, and recalls the life of the man. More importantly, the story itself is already a flashback by virtue of its form, a signed…

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Analysis

In the book, Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, A man named Okwonko is desperate to avoid being what his father was like: lazy and undetermined. He is dominated by anger, fear, and impatience which get him in many situations. The tribe of Umoufia represents a civilization that is strictly based off male dominance. Men are only required to be strong, and have a title within the clan; while the women must cook, clean, and take care of the…

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English Written Task

Prescribed question: How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? Title of the text for analysis: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe Part of the course to which the task refers: Part 3: Literature – text and context Key Points: • Define masculinity in Okonkwo’s viewpoint • Explore how Okonkwo never shows his emotions because of fear • Describe the struggle of Okonkwo’s strength • Discuss the importance of Okonkwo’s reputation of Umuofia • Explain why Okonkwo…

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English Written Task Rationale

This is a modern dummies guide is based on the text, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, and is based on the part 4 of the course; it explores the theme of Spirituality in the Igbo religion, “Juju” in very specific details with mostly allusions to spirits. This section of the “Dummies Guide to Juju”, explains in detail how to pray to ancestors/spirits to bring good fortune and protection. Writing from the viewpoint of a strong believer in the religion,…

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This is the story of Okonkwo, a renowned warrior and wrestler, who lives in the Ibo village of Umuofia in Nigeria, Africa. Respected by the elders of his clan, he hopes to become an elder himself someday. Due to his relationship with his father, Okonkwo has a hardened heart and thus, his actions throughout the novel are governed by anger and fear. Okonkwo, (per African tradition), has three wives and many children. He is prosperous and successful at the beginning…

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Trade in _things Fall Apart_

“Things Fall Apart” The first novel by Chinua Achebe is a contemporary classic depicting a masculine- based society even before the British colonists arrived. The nature of the great extent of female oppression by men has been the subject of confused debate among the literary. The writers Ama Ata Aidoo of Ghana as well as the late Flora Nwapa of Nigeria commented that the image of the helpless, dependent African, were from the European Imperialists whose women were just like…

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A Conflicted Society

           In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe challenges the reader to actively engage in the analysis of issues raised throughout the text. Achebe brings the issue of tradition versus change to the forefront of Umuofian society for the reader to examine. Achebe shows the reader the gradual downfall of the main character, Okonkwo, through his refusal to accept change in his society. Achebe also brings about the controversial issues dealing with masculinity in Umuofian society. Okonkwo rejects anything…

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Things Fall Apart_ Nature and Culture in West Africa

Every society has elements that structure its culture which are customs, norms, and traditions. In addition to these structures, culture is also shaped by a society’s environment. In some regions, nature is the most significant factor of a culture’s identity. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the reader is given a glimpse into the structure of a West African village called Umuofia. In Umuofia, culture and gender are closely related to nature. This link has shaped everything…

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Things Fall Apart and the Case Against Imperialism

1. Achebe begins the novel with an elaborate description of the central character Okonkwo. What do we learn about the values of Umuofians through this characterization? 2. Discuss Okonkwo as an Igbo heroic character: how does he work to achieve greatness as defined by his culture? How does he differ from Western heroes? What are Okonkwo’s strengths and weaknesses? 3. Describe Unoka, Okonkwo’s father. What are Okonkwo’s feelings toward Unoka, and why? How does the example of his father shape…

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