Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1302 Words Dec 21st, 2015 6 Pages
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (W.B Yeats, “The Second Coming”). This quote is the epigraph in Chinua Achebe 's book “Things Fall Apart”. The second half of his book you start to see the Ibo culture falling apart which could be the result of a few different things. W.B Yeats once said that things do not collapse on their own but that their must be outside pressures as well as internal conflict. I think that this is why Achebe chose this quote. He chose it to show us how in his book the Ibo already had problems which worsened once the Christians arrived. In this quote “the widening gyre” is mentioned which I believe is supposed to represent a world that is spinning out of control getting farther and farther from its origin much like the falcon. The falcon cannot hear the falconer like the Ibo people are looking sight of their beliefs and straying from their culture. This shows us how the Ibo culture could fall apart because of its own internal problems but the line “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (I think) tells us that they did not fall apart by themselves. For there to be anarchy in the world there needs to be multiple factor which for the Ibo would be the Christians. With these two sides: the Ibo fell apart because of their own rituals and beliefs leaving some people doubting their culture caution things to fall apart, or the Christians…

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