Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe was known as the “patriarch of the African novel.” (biography.com) He was born in Nigeria in 1930 and passed away in 2013, he was an educator, publisher, and author. He published the novel Things Fall Apart in 1958, the novel sold 12 million copies and it was translated into more than 50 languages (bio.com). Things Fall Apart is a novel about the African culture and how the white man comes in to change it all, there are powerful characters that give a good explanation of the culture with their own stories to tell. The story was set in the 1890’s in Lower Nigerian villages, in Iguedo and Mbanta. The change in the village and the different traditions are hard to understand for some of the villagers especially Okonkwo who commits suicide because the villagers take on the traditions of the white people and in Okonkwo’s eyes that was a weak act. We also see the value of women in this novel, how important they are, but how unimportant they are to Okonkwo.
In Depth look at Okonkwo’s Family
Okonkwo had several children with his three wives, his children are Nwoye, Ezinma, and Ikemefuna. Nwoye is the oldest son Okonkwo sees him as weak and lazy and beats him for it. Nwoye resents his father for being so strict and beating him, because of his hatred for his father Nwoye turns to Christianity. Ezinma is known as the miracle child, she was the child of Okonkwo’s second wife Ekwefi who had nine children die in their infancy before having…