Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1210 Words May 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, is set in the Ibo tribal area of the Nigeria during the British colonization of Nigeria. Part one is predominantly pre-contact with British and Ibo culture. Part Two and Three explain the collision of culture and the oppression of the Ibo people.
“Okonkwo’s first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old, but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness.” ( Achebe 13 ) Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, was lazy and improvident, hardly thinking about tomorrow. If Unoka had any money he would hurry and buy palm-wine and owned everyone of his neighbors some money and cowrie. Okonkwo always had a bad taste in his mouth for his father, he never wanted anything to do with him, Unoka would always ask for money and not be able to pay him back. So if any of Okonkwo’s children are lazy and disrespectful to him, he would beat them. He didn’t want any of his family or him to end up like his father, s he did whatever he could to prevent that from happening. Nwoye willingly accepts Christian and western culture because Ibo culture and practises confused him, caused open conflict with Okonkwo created opportunity for status. But throughout this story Nwoye has shown much growing up in a complicated setting. Okonkwo is teaching Nwoye to grow up into a tough young man who is capable of ruling his father’s household when he passes, but Nwoye would rather listen to his mother’s folk tales. With Nwoye’s choices throughout the 2nd and 3rd…

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