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  • Downfall Of The Traditional Culture
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    Things Fall Apart Essay The book Things Fall Apart by China Achebe definitely has a fitting title. It explains how two cultures with different ideas and beliefs can clash and be intolerant towards one another. Most of the theme is developed through the plot of the story and through a man and his struggle against fear and anger (the main character, Okonkwo). Throughout the book he tries to resolve the problems that develop all around him and within himself. As the story progresses, conflict overw...
  • Okonkwo's Culture
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    A novel which is set roughly at the turn of the century, Things Fall Apart proposes the idea that the Igbo culture possessed civility prior to it's colonization by the British. Okonkwo, a character comparable to a Greek tragic hero is a man of very little compassion for anyone, including himself. The cultural standards, his own inability to handle the changes being made in his culture, and stressed family life are all conflicts created by his society that lead to his tragic downfall. The emphasi...
  • End Okonkwo
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    Book Report 02/11/05 China Achebe's Things Fall Apart is about different traditional village cultures in Africa. It also speaks about the British who try and take over the village by introducing his religion and making it the higher and better religion. Okonkwo is the narrator of the story. The novel setting is in a small village called Umofia which is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria and it is in the late nineteenth century. Man verses Man is the conflict that is seen in this novel. ...
  • Okonkwo's Rise And Fall In A Culture
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    KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTING The novel is set during the late 1800's / early 1900's 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...
  • Result Of Okonkwo's Hard Work
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    Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart could be considered a modern-day epic as a result of its world-renowned recognition; eight million papers in print in fifty different languages. Achebe's main character in the novel: Okonkwo compares to the heroic figure of Odysseus, in Homer's epic The Iliad. Okonkwo embodies the early ideals, characteristics, and traditions of his people and / or nation. And through Achebe's dignified literary style, and use of language-Okonkwo represents the concept of self ...
  • Okonkwo And Paul Baumer
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    People engage in wars for different reasons. Some for nationalism, many for what is right, and still others do not even know why they fight. In the books, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, and All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, two different people fight for different causes yet have a common bond. Both Okonkwo and Paul Baumer find their identity through defending the dignity and honor of those around them. Paul is caught in WWI fighting to prove his loyalty to his country....
  • Functions Of The Masked Spirits
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    Things Fall Apart: An Analysis The culture of the Umuofia society before the colonial infiltration, may be hard to understand but we are forced by Achebe to realize it has traditions and customs that make it work. Although, looking at it from our Judaeo-Christian point of view we may be appalled by some of their practices. We also have to realize that they have strengths. Things Fall apart is the idea of balance and interdependence, earth and sky, individual and community, man and woman or diffe...
  • Europeans From The Ibo Point Of View
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    Many times when reading a book one develops a one-sided view of the situation because of the way the characters are portrayed. Usually, the characters the author wants to portray as good are cast in a positive light, meaning that only the good things about them are included and, in most cases, the story is told from these characters points of view. The characters the author wants to portray as bad are cast in a negative light meaning that only the bad things the characters do or participate in a...
  • Role Of Women In The Ibo Culture
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    The Role of Women in the Ibo Culture The culture in which 'Things Fall Apart' is centered around is one where patriarchal testosterone is supreme and oppresses all females into a nothingness. They are to be seen and not heard, farming, caring for animals, raising children, carrying foo-foo, pots of water, and kola. The role of women in the Ibo culture was mostly domestic. The men saw them as material possessions and thought of them as a source of children and as cooks. As a man made his way in l...
  • Respect As A Woman In Ibo Society
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    Understanding the beliefs of a different culture is often difficult. From birth, people are surrounded with cultural values and traditions that are soon accepted as normal. It may often be challenging to comprehend another culture's beliefs without immediately judging their culture as a whole, therefore being prejudiced. Set in the late 19th century, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, the struggle of the Ibo of Nigeria is explained as we learn about their unique culture. Women play a role that i...
  • Ibo Tribe
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    In Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, the final chapter is the last testament that things have truly fallen apart. Chapter 25 finally switches the point of view to that of the District Commissioner and the missionaries, and closes the book with the Commisioner's thoughts about his own novel, The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of Lower Niger. This title provide the contrast of he Ibo's thought of the missionaries crusade, as they interpreted it to be just an invasion of their land and cultu...
  • Okonkwo's Own Son
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    The novel Things Fall Apart, by China Achebe, is a story about an African man named Okonkwo who appears to be strong on the outside, but eventually crumbles within. Along with the protagonist, the African culture that is his way of life dissolves also, due to the arrival of Christian missionaries who set up a government within his village, Umuofia. Okonkwo's biggest fear is ending up like his father, Unoka, who was lazy and made nothing of himself; he was known as a coward among the African peop...
  • Beliefs Of Okonkwo And His Tribe
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    'The flaw in Achebe's vision of the past is that his protagonist is too limited to arouse the reader's concern. ' Discuss this view of Things Fall Apart. China Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' achieves the paradoxical effect of enabling African tribal life to be accessible to western society while simultaneously excluding it. Brians (Washington State University, 2002) states that 'its most striking feature is to create a complex and sympathetic portrait of a traditional village culture in Africa'. T...
  • Telling Of The Story Okonkwo
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    Write a commentary on pages 96-99 of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe, commenting on: 1. contribution to plot 2. behavior of Okonkwo 3. structure and language episode 4. introduction of theme of colonial conflict Chapter 15 of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a very significant part in the story. It is important in showing how much Okonkwo has changed since being exiled from his village and going to live in his motherland. We heard in the previous chapter of his first couple of days, bu...
  • Important Man In The Traditional Igbo Culture
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    Achebe's Life and Work [/b] [/b] China Achebe was born November 16, 1930, in Ogi di, in eastern Nigeria, the son of a mission-school teacher, one of the early converts to Christianity in his community. (Unlike Okonkwo in TFA, Achebe's great-grandfather, who raised his father, had expressed tolerance towards the Christian missionaries and had no objections to his grandson's conversion.) He was baptized Albert Chinualumogu, in tribute to Prince Albert, but adopted a purely African name when he wen...
  • Okonkwo And Kurtz
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    At first glance, Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart and Kurtz in Heart of Darkness may seem to live in two different worlds; yet, both of them are men of power and pride. They reveal their charismatic qualities and have great significance on the lives of the Africans. Their strong aspirations, however, are the cause of their downfalls. Both Okonkwo's and Kurtz's "pride goeth before destruction" (Proverbs 16: 18); their own ambitions have made their world fall apart. Okonkwo and Kurtz are men of power ...

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