He is haunted by the actions of Unoka, his cowardly and spendthrift father, who died in disrepute, leaving many village debts unsettled. He is also obsessed with his masculinity, and any slight compromise on this is swiftly destroyed.
In a interview with The Paris ReviewAchebe said, "the novel form seems to go with the English language. Ina film adaptation of Things Fall Apart was made by a Nigerian production company with an all-Nigerian cast.
The customs described in the novel mirror those of the actual Onitsha people, who lived near Ogidi, and with whom Achebe was familiar.
He lived in the British culture but he refused to change his Igbo name Chinua to Albert. Ezinma often contradicts and challenges her father, which wins his adoration, affection, and respect.
Obierika is a foil for Okonkwo. Yet by using English, Achebe faces a problem. Edited with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She receives severe beatings from Okonkwo just like his other wives; but unlike them, she is known to talk back to Okonkwo.
At the beginning of the novel we see Okonkwo as a prosperous leader of the Igbo people. For many days after killing Ikemefuna, Okonkwo feels guilty and saddened.
He is a great wrestler, a brave warrior, and a respected member of the clan who endeavors to uphold its traditions and customs. Ezeudu, the oldest man in the village, warns Okonkwo that he should have nothing to do with the murder because it would be like killing his own child — but to avoid seeming weak and feminine to the other men of the village, Okonkwo disregards the warning from the old man, striking the killing blow himself even as Ikemefuna begs his "father" for protection.
The novel's title is taken from W. Similar to Unoka, Nwoye does not subscribe to the traditional Igbo view of masculinity being equated to violence; rather, he prefers the stories of his mother.
Other names reflect the time, area, or other circumstances to which a child is born; for example, Okoye means man born on Oye Day, the second day of the Igbo week.
Ancestor worship was also an equally important feature of the religion of the Ibo people. He is regarded as very wise, and gives Okonkwo good advice.
They sent out a missionary by the name of Dennis.Things Fall Apart is set in the s and portrays the clash between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the traditional culture of the indigenous Igbo people. Achebe’s novel shatters the stereotypical European portraits of native Africans.
The use of proverbs in Things Fall Apart demonstrates the advanced Igbo culture, aids characterization, and helps Achebe teach a lesson Full transcript More presentations by Ellis M.
Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Published inits story chronicles pre-colonial life in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century.
Chinua Achebe is one of Africa's most well-known and influential contemporary writers. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is an early narrative about the European colonization of Africa told from the point of view of the colonized people.
(Click the themes infographic to download.). Much of the traditional Igbo life presented in this novel revolves around structured gender roles.
Essentially all of Igbo life is gendered, from the crops that men and women grow, to characterization of crimes. The phrase "things fall apart" is taken from the poem, “The Second Coming” by W.B Yeats, which Achebe quotes more extensively in the epigraph.
Achebe’s literary allusion to Yeats’ poem might deepen or extend—by comparison and/or contrast—the meaning(s) of Achebe’s title and his novel.Download