Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1472 Words Mar 7th, 2016 6 Pages
All Subjects Change A community can be heavily influenced by the power of its people. In Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, an African village is intruded by a group of European missionaries who try and change the village for their own benefit. However, the outcome varies and turns out to be brutal for the main character, Okonkwo. In this novel, Okonkwo learns of the hardships of how change in a community can benefit or destroy a person. Achebe shows how the manipulation of a community can bring it down, or benefit it. This change is embraced and opposed by different characters in the book. Okonkwo, who is against anything outside of the Ibo culture, believes in strong discipline and frowns upon those who conform to outside concepts. The reactions towards the new missionaries lead to the downfall of the order in the community. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe’s use of symbolism and internal and external conflict demonstrates how masculinity embodies fear into communities. Achebe uses symbolism of yams to show Okonkwo’s power and strict rules. Okonkwo is a very important and powerful man in his tribe. He makes sure of his strength by placing importance on the hard work for his farming and his family, “Okonkwo believed that masculinity was the glue that held the Tgbo together. This belief was reinforced in him because he had no inheritance” (“The Depiction of”). Okonkwo is shown as a powerful man based on the way Achebe portrays his actions and his morals. For…

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