Things Fall Apart

CHAPTER 10 A very dramatic public ceremony is described in detail that involves meting out justice. On the village commons ppl gather and the rest of the village is behind them. Nine stools are placed for the egwugwu to sit. Egwugwu represent the spirits of their ancestors and are respected members of the community who […]

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Abstract This essay constitutes an examination of the psychology of Okonkwo, who is the main hero in Chinua Achebe’s acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart. The essay details how Okonkwo struggles to free himself from the negative social image of his father by abandoning his true self and pretending to be the exact opposite of his […]

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African Culture in “Things Fall Apart”

What might be good for one person might be bad for others and what might be bad for one might be good for others. This and more were my realizations while reading the novel  Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe (1958/ 1992).

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How Fear Begets Fear in “Things Fall Apart”

Umuofia is a tribe known for its powerful leaders and magical priests and medicine men. It is also Okonkwo’s native land, a place wherein he worked hard to become one of its rightful top leaders. Okonkwo also exerted tremendous effort to avoid becoming his father, Unoka. For him, Unoka signifies laziness and cowardice.

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