Essay about Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

1048 Words Mar 17th, 2016 5 Pages
On average, a human adult makes 35,000 decisions in a day, and every one of those decisions is influenced by what that person chooses whether that would be his or her values, situation in life, or people in his or her life. Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, creates a protagonist, Okonkwo, whose life decisions influence by his view of the chi causes destruction. The background of the chi, how the chi and Okonkwo’s characteristics cloud his perspective on his life, and Okonkwo’s actions and effects of his view on his chi all are what influences him to become a tragic hero. The most influential belief system in Okonkwo’s life, his chi, clouds his perspective, which eventually causes his fall. In the words of Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” To understand the chi, explaining it simply is a necessity. The fact that the Igbo do not separate the religion and personal lives causes the chi to be a widely used aspect in all of life. The chi, according to Kalu Ogbaa, is, “‘variously, a personal god or spirit, guardian angel, soul, or spirit double. Defined by its roles in a man’s life, chi is creator, fate, or destiny’” (Shea 47- 48). Whatever a person does, it is due to his chi. Achebe states this in Things Fall Apart as, “when a man says yes his chi says yes also” (Achebe 27). It is also stated, however, that, “They called him the little bird nza who so far forgot himself after a heavy meal that he…

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