Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1159 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Chinua Achebe is one of Africa 's most well-known and influential contemporary writers. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is an early description about the European colonization of Africa told from the point of view of the colonized people. Published in 1958, the novel narrates the life of the warrior and village hero Okonkwo. Like the shifting seasons of the earth, which bring new beginnings, Achebe manipulates characters throughout his novel in order to demonstrate to readers a recurring theme of change, by using Ikemefuna to indirectly characterize Okonkwo and his son Nwoye. Ikemefuna is used to help characterize others in Chinua Achebe 's novel, Things Fall Apart, as he helps develop the roles of Okonkwo and his son Nwoye. This demonstrates to the reader through the direct and indirect characterization of Okonkwo and Nwoye that not only does one need to be open and willing to change, but that a transformation within oneself can be obtained through outside sources as well. To begin, Ikemefuna subtly influences a brief, yet noticeable change in Okonkwo by provoking a softer, more human undertone in Okonkwo 's personality. Okonkwo was a brute, he "ruled his household with heavy hands" and his wives and children "lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper" however, when readers are introduced to Ikemefuna, a captive from neighboring village arrived, Okonkwo 's demeanor seems to fluctuate, ever on the verge of change (3). Okonkwo began to treat Ikemefuna like his own…

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