Essay on Things Fall Apart And Chronicles Of A Death Foretold

1157 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
The term humanity can be coined as a variety of meanings. It could vary from the human race as a whole, or the quality of being a human and the growth patterns that make a person who they are. In Things Fall Apart and Chronicles of a Death Foretold, the main characters Okonkwo and Santiago express human growth through the different cultures perceived in both books. The masculinity remains prominent in the characters of Okonkwo and Santiago, and their need for control and respect is what gets them killed. Both Okonkwo and Santiago’s deaths are what defines them as a person. Their humanity changes from the beginning to the end and the results of their humanity leaves an impact on their communities as well as the culture consumed. It is true that masculinity takes a toll on Okonkwo and Santiago’s humanity. Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, portrays Okonkwo in such a way that makes the readers fear him. Achebe begins the chapter right away discussing Okonkwo’s fame and appearance. He states, “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat” (Achebe 3). Achebe brilliantly describes Okonkwo in the beginning because he is the main focus of the book. He allows such curiosity with the character’s humanity in the first chapter. When describing Okonkwo, Achebe gives a specified masculine appearance to him. “He was…

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