Essay about Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Be a Man Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, has many themes that are shown throughout the progression of the book. Some of those major themes are religion, language, tradition versus change, and fate versus free will. They all play their part in the main character, Okonkwo’s journey of life. The white man changes everything he knew and this wrecks his world. He does not adapt to change as quickly as others in the tribe and his exile allowed for much change in the tribe. This is a very male driven society and it is a social norm for men to beat their wives and children. That is not the problem within Okonkwo’s behavior and relationships. Masculinity is the biggest theme in this novel and several times Okonkwo makes a choice that is not right because he wants to prove that he is a brave man. In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s relationship with his son Nwoye, adoptive son Ikemefuna, and daughter Enzima, show how his commitment to the tribe and need for masculinity are of higher priority than his family. Okonkwo’s relationship with Nwoye is a difficult one, but is one of the major contributions to the novel’s overall theme of masculinity. Nwoye is not the son Okonkwo dreamed of, in fact he is the exact opposite of what he had hoped for. Okonkwo wanted someone who was like him and would be a great man someday, but Nwoye is far more like his grandfather and is more of a feminist. Nwoye has tried to please his father and be more masculine and during the beginning of…

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