Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1605 Words Dec 9th, 2014 7 Pages
The way information is transmitted can completely change the way it is perceived. Chinua Achebe, the author of the African novel, Things Fall Apart, uses an interesting style to paint and image of detrimental change. He focuses on the Ibo culture and its quick transformation when western missionaries invade this concrete culture. Slowly, the intricate culture of the Ibo crumbles. Achebe has an interesting background because of family connections. His grandfather was an Ibo, who left with the missionaries, like one of the book characters, Nwoye. This allows the reader to observe the culture in detail, and it connects them to it. If it weren 't for this background, Achebe 's style and unique plot structure may not be quite as effective. Each part in the book prompts the reader to think and feel a certain way, carrying Achebe 's message powerfully and leaving an impact on the reader. Chinua Achebe uses an intricate and purposeful style to evoke the reader 's emotions and enhance his narrative about a society on the brink of annihilation. Achebe structures part one in a way that the reader sees every small detail of the culture. The plot is slow moving and long in part one, but this was not without reason. An example of how the slow yet detailed structure enhanced the novel was through the many Ibo stories Achebe interweaved. One of these was the story of the tortoise, in chapter eleven. Ekwefi, mother to Ezinma and wife to Okonkwo, tells the story explaining why the tortoise’s…

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