Differences In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In order for others to understand our intended actions, our opinions and reasons must be acknowledged. A story told with only one point of view, a single story, can result in a conflict or possible confusion, as seen in Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe. Inspired to write a book from the point of view of a true African, Achebe follows the Umuofia tribe as the evangelists seeking to convert others to Christianity threaten their much-cherished Igbo culture. Throughout the book, Achebe follows the point of view of the Igbo people. It is not until the last chapter that we begin to see a shift in the point of view. The Igbo culture and the Umuofia tribe were taken over by the British; Achebe chose to end the book in the British 's’ point …show more content…
Only acknowledging one side of a story can result in misleading information and bias opinions. As a reaction to previous literature attempting to tell the stories with African protagonists, Chinua Achebe is able to convey the negative effects of a single story in his book, Things Fall Apart. Throughout the entire novel, Achebe shows through the Igbo people’s point of view that because the Europeans do not listen to them and continue to oppress their culture and ideas a conflict occurs. It is not until the last chapter that Achebe allows the District Commissioner’s point of view a spot on the paper. Readers are able to see how twisted and shallow his views are on his previous and current actions. Achebe decides to end the book in the District Commissioner’s point of view to symbolize and mimic the Europeans’ actions towards the Umuofia tribe and the Igbo culture. Single stories can be inspirational and informative, yet still there are several negative and dangerous effects that can occur. In society today, it is important to listen to all stories and make sure that you have all the given information to make an educated opinion to avoid possible

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