Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

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Chinua Achebe’s, “Things Fall Apart,” (published by William Heinemann Ltd., 1958) is filled with proverbs throughout his text in relation to traditional life in Umuofia as well as the colonization of Umuofia. Proverbs are used throughout Umuofia and the people of Nigeria in which “Things Fall Apart” takes place, are often used to give a simplified general truth or advice that may reflect on the situation or person in the text. Achebe highlights the significance proverbs to Umoufia culture, how colonization destroys culture, and why an English text does more to convey the theme than being in the Igbo language.
Achebe’s, “Things Fall Apart,” (published by William Heinemann Ltd., 1958) tells the story of Okonkwo, a respected warrior in the Umuofia clan, who is plagued by the fear of becoming like his late father, Unoka, renowned in his clan for being lazy and effeminate. Okonkwo strives to be the complete opposite of his father through being a hard working farmer, fierce warrior, and ruling over his wives and children with violence. Okonkwo’s fear of being seen as weak drives him to commit atrocities such as beating one of his wives during a time of peace in the village and going on to savagely cut down his adoptive son, Ikemefuna. When Okonkwo accidentally kills a fellow clansman, he and his family must leave the Umuofia clan due to customs that exile any clansman who kills their own clansmen for seven years. Okonkwo heads to his maternal clan of Mbanta but while in Mbanta,…

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