Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1074 Words Apr 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Chinua Achebe, the author Things Fall Apart, wrote a book to show the Nigerian culture and how European colonization effected the culture. Achebe wanted to show that despite the European writings that the culture was not as they said it to be. The title came from the poem The Second Coming. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre/ The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/ things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/ Mere anarchy is loosened upon the word”(Yeats 1-4). Looking at Things Fall Apart, it is seen that Okonkwo struggles with his views on masculinity, and how chi is talked about in the novel to show one of the things that the Nigerian culture believes in and what locusts represent to the culture. Okonkwo and his father both had very different interpretations of masculinity. His father didn 't have a title for himself, he always threw parties for people he owed so much money for. He did not take care of his family like the Nigerian culture expected men to do. Okonkwo was always ashamed of his father for not getting a title and showing people that he is a man and he is taking care of business like he should. “Evan as a little boy he had resented his father 's failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. That was how Okonkwo first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man that had taken no title. And so Okonkwo was ruled with one passion-…

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