Criticism In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic ,Chinua Achebe, in his book Things Fall Apart details colonization in Africa though the Africans point of view. Achebe's purpose is to humanize the Africans and to stand up for others who may be scared to speak on this topic. The writer adopts a powerful tone in order to change their poor stereotypes given to Africa by the Western people after the Christians set foot on their land. He also develops a strong individual Okonkwo and his family in order to address that even the strongest person and their village can fall apart when their religion and culture is broke. Things fall apart when religion and culture are broke but mostly noticeably in this book when the Christian people invaded the village,Umuofia , leading to one of the most powerful people in their culture Okonkwo to kill himself. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nice villages and had achievements to show for it. He was the one who killed his own son and …show more content…
Okonkwo was developed this way as the main character on purpose however by the writer. Achebe who, seeing the poor stereotypes given to the African people, created Okonkwo to show that even the most powerful people can fall when their religion and culture is broken. He also wanted to Humanize the Africans by showing that everyone has fear like Okonkwo at the end of Things Fall Apart. His audience in this book were the western people who have never seen Africa colonized by the Africans point of view. Achebe wants people to see Africa in a different point of view that they have never heard before. Achebe is also one of the first African novel writer so he is trying to make other people speak of Africa who might be scared to do so. He sees the lack of information given about Africa and wants there to be more information given to the western people who have these non changing stereotypes of

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