Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1405 Words Jan 4th, 2016 6 Pages
In order for others to understand our intended actions, our opinions and reasons must be acknowledged. A story told with only one point of view, a single story, can result in a conflict or possible confusion, as seen in Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe. Inspired to write a book from the point of view of a true African, Achebe follows the Umuofia tribe as the evangelists seeking to convert others to Christianity threaten their much-cherished Igbo culture. Throughout the book, Achebe follows the point of view of the Igbo people. It is not until the last chapter that we begin to see a shift in the point of view. The Igbo culture and the Umuofia tribe were taken over by the British; Achebe chose to end the book in the British 's’ point of view to symbolize and mimic their actions. As a reaction to previous literature, Chinua Achebe was determined to write a book from the point of view of an African, a true African. He addresses this in his essay: “Named for Victoria, Queen of England.” Achebe states that he has read “some appalling novels about Africa,” (38, NFQV) which inspired him to write Things Fall Apart. Achebe explains how the next story we needed to tell, “could not be told for [Africans] by anyone else no matter how gifted or well intentioned” (38, NFQV). Achebe singles out a specific writer, Joyce Cary, in “Named For Queen Victoria, Queen of England.” In addition he mentions Cary’s novel, Mister Johnson. Joyce Cary, native of Ireland, traveled to…

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