Analysis Of Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe was a one of the towering figures in literature. He was the father of modern African literature who had opened up the eyes of the public to the life of African culture. Growing up in the Igbo society in Nigeria, Achebe was influenced by the many aspects of his culture, his family, and the people that surrounded him. The many aspects of his life growing up in African culture influenced Chinua Achebe in his literary works by being a great believer of peace and equality. Chinua Achebe was born on November 15, 1930, in Ogidi, Nigeria. He and his family belonged to the Igbo tribe and was one of six children. Early in his childhood, a representative of the British government that controlled Nigeria had convinced his parents to abandon …show more content…
This is a story about culture and traditions that are on the verge of falling apart because of the arrival of the Europeans. The main character of the novel resists political and religious orders because he feels that they will not benefit him nor follow his beliefs and traditions (Diamond). The commoners in the villages struggle between resisting and embracing the change that is brought upon their society. Throughout the novel, Chinua shows the difficulties in dealing with the complete change of their …show more content…
The purpose of this book was to present a dynamic story to the Western audience who perceived the culture as a primitive, backwards society. He wanted other people to hear their side of the story and understand why and how they do the things they do. Achebe brings to life the African culture and wants to show the basic white Europeans that they can and do everything they do, like have religion, a government, a system of money, and a judicial system (Wolfe). This book is a direct attack on the stereotypical works of Conrad and Cary where they wrote about different stereotypes of Africans being primitive and incapable of maintaining a culture. Achebe came back and wrote about the complexities of the Igbo society and also stereotyped the white colonists as rigid and with imperialistic intentions (Diamond). Chinua Achebe had released Things Fall Apart in hopes that people would be enlightened about African

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