Analysis Of The Book ' Things Fall Apart ' Essay

1019 Words Nov 18th, 2015 5 Pages
Things fall apart, is the story of an Ibo village called Umuofia, it takes place around the late 1800’s in Africa. The story was written with eastern views in mind, some of our western views are considered shameful to them. Okonkwo, the main character was one of the most well-known and respected men in the village of Umuofia known for his strength and valor. He also was known for having many titles, the more titles you have the more successful and powerful you are. Okonkwo’s dream was to be successful and better than his father Unoka who was unsuccessful in the ways of eastern culture. All of the events in the book shaped the characters. Okonkwo is the man he is today because of how he felt towards his father and how the eastern culture affected him.

Okonkwo’s father Unoka, was an unsuccessful man. He did not hold any titles. Unoka owned almost all of his neighbors some money; he would always take but never return. He had more eastern views than western; he was a talented musician, which was considered feminine, therefore shameful. Unoka was good at was at his flute, with which he wasted most of his time fiddling with. When Unoka died, he was heavily in debt and had taken no title at all. Okonkwo had to fend for himself as a child. Okonkwo was a man of great achievements, but such a childhood left quite some scars on Okonkwo’s life. ”perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness. It was not…

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