Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1463 Words Oct 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian author whose universally appreciated novel, Things Fall Apart, provides a voice to an ill-treated and unrepresented culture. Things Fall Apart took place in Umuofia in the 1880’s, before and during the first arrival of European missionaries. Weary of reading westerner’s interpretations of how socially backward, illiterate, and uncivilized Africans were, Chinua Achebe wished to reveal a better insight of the Ibo culture and, in doing so, preserve the wellbeing of his continent. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart displays the natives of Africa with an appropriate level of complexity to contrast the Westerner’s overly- simplified perspective using an objective tone, meaningful symbolism, and an Africanized writing style. Chinua Achebe’s use of an objective tone in the novel assisted him in fulfilling his purpose by methodically leaving readers to form their own opinions about the details of the novel. Since readers are left to form their own opinions about the characters and incidents of the novel, they don’t feel manipulated, thus adding complexity to the westerner’s overly-simplified perspective. Since Achebe keeps his tone unbiased, the reader can choose whether the characters in the book were justified in their behaviors. It is obvious that in this novel, every character had their own faults and virtues- no character felt flat and basic, as is the case in the real world. Everyone in the Ibo society has a different personality, showing…

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