Essay about Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

1162 Words Feb 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe was a novel written in 1958 that talks about the protagonist Okonkwo, a great man among the Igbo tribe, well known in the nine villages and beyond. In his youth, he became famous when he defeated Amilinze the Cat, a great wrester. He is a formidable man, stern and intimidating in appearance; when angry, he stammers. The stammer makes him angrier, and he uses his fists. He has a hot temper. He has no patience for unsuccessful men; his father had been such a man. His father, a man by the name of Unoka, was a lazy do-nothing, who has died deep in debt.
This led the pre- and post- colonization that led the missionaries’ (White Men) to convert people to
Christianity. Towards the end of the nineteenth century most European states migrated to Africa and other parts of the world where they established colonies. Nigeria was amongst other African nations that received visitors who were on a colonizing mission; introducing their religion and culture that is later imposed on Igbo. The culture of the people of Umuofia (Igbo culture) is immensely threatened by this change. The novel focuses on the Igbo people in the years leading up to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries follows Okonkwo, a respected member of the tribe, as he builds up his reputation; knocks it down again with some accidental murders; loves, raises, and kills an adoptive son; and is exiled for killing a different boy. Basically, we get to…

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