Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

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“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, is a novel about the tragic fall of Okonkwo, the protagonist, and the Igbo culture. The novel takes place in Umuofia, a village in the eastern part of Nigeria where the Igbo culture is seen. Religion and faith play a substantial role in the novel and are possibly the main reasons the novel plays out the way it does. If the religious and faith aspects of this novel were not as strong, then the novel may have turned out differently. Achebe shows how the prominence of religion and faith in the novel causes conflict and challenges with the white man when they come to Umuofia to the gradual downfall of the Igbo religion. In the novel, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, religion and faith play a large roll in Umuofia, a village in the eastern part of Nigeria. Okonkwo, who is seen as the protagonist and a leader in the Igbo community of Umuofia, is described as an intimidating man. “He was tall and huge, and his bushy eyebrows and wide nose gave him a very severe look.”(Achebe 1). Early on in the novel, Okonkwo talks about his meeting with Okoye. They show how there are certain rituals that need to be done in order to start there meeting. This was done by the use of Kola nut. The two men would split the nut and pray for “their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies”(Achebe 5). Then they could proceed to talk about whatever they wanted which in this case was about the heavy rains that were drowning the…

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