Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart Essay Blood is thicker than water, but is the bond between a child of blood relation and their parent stronger than that of an adopted child and that same parent? In the novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe introduces the reader to a man named Okonkwo. He is a successful man, with high titles in his village, and a renowned wrestler. His life is average of those in his tribe, called Umofia. He farms and takes care of his wives and kids. Though one day, tragedy strikes his village. A man of great esteem had lost his wife to a man in another tribe. To avoid war, the other village gifts Umofia with a young woman and the son of the man that killed the wife. It was decided that Okonkwo would care for the boy. In the end he winds up caring for the boy, Ikemefuna, greatly, only to have him taken away. A similar relationship forms with Okonkwo and his own son, Nwoye. He originally viewed him as weak and unacceptable but after he was influenced by Ikemefuna, Okonkwo begins to like him more and more. This is disrupted by the arrival of the Christian missionaries, to whom Nwoye converts to. In Chinua Achebe 's novel Things Fall Apart, the author depicts Okonkwo 's relationship with two of his sons, Ikemefuna and Nwoye, in order to emphasize his choice to oppress weakness, and how it eventually lead to his ultimate demise. As Ikemefuna enters Okonkwo 's life, he finds himself growing fonder and fonder of the young boy. At first, Ikemefuna is scared and confused.…

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