Things Fall Apart Essay

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Things Fall Apart: A Critical Analysis

Things Fall Apart (1958) is a fictional novel by Chinua Achebe that examines the life the Igbo tribe living in a rural village called Umuofia in Nigeria during the early 19th century. The central values of the novel revolve around status, virtues, power, and traditions that often determine the futures and present of the characters in the Achebe story. The novel shows the life of the protagonist Okonkwo and his family, village, and Igbo culture and the affects of colonisation of Umuofia on him and the people of his village by Christian missionaries. In this essay, I plan to look at colonialism in the novel before and after and the impact on Okonkwo and the village Umuofia and examine how
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He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (pg 176) .This passage clearly ties the destruction of the Igbo people’s way of life by the British missionaries during this time period and how they tore apart their very beliefs that bound the tribe and village together by the imposing their culture upon them. This quote also has a direct link to Issacman’s article which discusses the affects of colonialism in southern and central Africa, and how colonialism has never been easily accepted in African societies and acknowledged that some African rulers were manipulated by the Europeans imperialist and how more often they pursued clear purposes of maintenance domination and control of power within their colony and the elimination of rebels or threat of revolt."Through Issacman’s reading its major strength was how he described Southern and central Africa from a more strategic and expansionist approach to help understanding colonialism and conflict during the scramble for Africa period. He also touches more upon the discrimination faced by Africans and how were first perceived by Europeans as “one dimensional” and inferiority complex will deemed them too substandard to have control over their land and govern their citizens. Europeans began to become more interested in Africa when they realized the abundance in resources available such as diamonds, minerals, fruits, and oil has a source of revenue which makes colonisation desirable

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