Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1020 Words Sep 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart is a novel about the social, and physical struggles that occurred when the white man first arrived on the African continent. There are constant struggles between gender, identity, commodification, and class. Among the men and women in many African tribes that still exist today, there are divergences, which will always remain intact because of the culture and the way in which they are taught to treat each other. The novel is based on a conception of humans as self-reflexive beings and a definition of culture as a set of control mechanisms. Things Fall Apart is the story of Okonkwo, an elder, in the Igbo tribe. He is a fairly successful man who earned the respect of the tribal elders. The story of Okonkwo’s fall from a respected member of the tribe to an outcast who dies in disgrace graphically dramatizes the struggle between the altruistic values of Christianity and the lust for power that motivated European colonialism in Africa and undermined the indigenous culture of a nation. Throughout Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo constantly struggles with Nwoye. At first, the struggle is over Nwoye 's laziness and habit of acting "womanish" in Okonkwo 's eyes. But by the end of the novel, the father/son conflict is religious, as Okonkwo struggles with Nwoye 's conversion to Christianity and rejection of his native religion, and therefore his father. The struggle of father vs. son could also refer to Okonkwo and the memory of his lazy father,…

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