Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

1575 Words Nov 25th, 2015 7 Pages
The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, tells the story of the Igbo people, and their culture. Achebe explains Igbo culture and the changes that occur after the British arrive and install their practices and religion. In western literature, prior to this novel, and British colonization, the Igbo people have been portrayed as savage, primitive people. This literature includes Mister Johnson by Joyce Cary, where the main character is portrayed as “dimwitted” and the description is seen by Africans as distasteful and hatred. Achebe read this book while in college and he quotes while speaking about the book; “open[ed] my eyes to the fact that my home was under attack and that my home was not merely a house or a town but, more importantly, an awakening story.” Other examples of western literature that illustrate hatred towards, or poorly portray the Igbo in the eyes of Africans are “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats. Achebe’s goal in his novel is to educate his readers about the Igbo from an African point of view. He examines the “process of re-storying peoples who had been knocked silent by all kinds of dispossession. He ends with a hope for the twenty first century --- “that this re-storying will continue and will eventually result in a balance of stories among the world’s peoples.” Some people may argue that Achebe does not educate his readers and he includes evidence to show that the Igbo are a primitive people. However, in Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe…

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