Rhetorical Devices In Things Fall Apart

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Register to read the introduction… It also shows Okonkwo is trying to ready himself for the stark reality that he will have to start all over back from his humble beginnings. And this is no simple task but something which is very hard to do and in some cases very mentally taxing because it is hard not to look back to a better time. This is emotionally and rhetorically appealing because the audience can relate to when they have had their ups and downs or losses and start from scratch and relate to the feeling of losing a lot. It simply connects the reader emotionally to understand that Okonkwo due to his exile has suffered terribly. Another example of the use of pathos in the novel is when Okonkwo is found dead:
Obierika, who had been gazing steadily at his friend's dangling body, turned suddenly to the District Commissioner and said ferociously: "That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself and now he will be buried like a dog..." He could not say any more. His voice trembled and choked his words. (Achebe 73)
Here we can see the sadness and bitterness Obereika and the other Igbo felt after Okonkwo’s death.
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The novel shows the life of the protagonist Okonkwo and himself and Igbo culture and the effects of colonization of Umuofia on him and the people of his village by Christian missionaries and colonists. . The last six chapters mainly focus on how the Igbo had lost their power and prestige to the Europeans. Achebe is rhetorically effective and uses all three rhetorical skills (Ethos, Pathos and Logos) because he uses credibility of himself being an Igbo and the character of Okonkwo, as well as emotion by using through fictional characters as a medium, and Logic/facts by describing people’s decisions and the facts behind

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