Things Fall Apart Essay

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Things Fall Apart The theme of the book Things Fall Apart, which focuses on the breakdown of a society as well as the main character’s personal breakdown, stems from many conflicts of interests and misunderstandings throughout the book. There is not one single moment in the book where everything falls apart, but many times throughout. In the beginning a lot of problems arise from Okonkwo’s anger problems, and his inability to see other’s views. His ignorance is what ultimately leads to his exile from his clan. It’s not just the fact that he accidently killed a fellow clan member, but many other events that had angered the village. One of the first problems was when he disregarded the week of peace by savagely beating his wife. Wife …show more content…
The white people act quickly in imprisoning members of the tribe who have committed the act of violence, and they are treated terribly in prison. With their spirits broken, all 9 of the tribes come together for a meeting after the prisoners are bailed out of jail, where to no one’s surprise Okonkwo wants to act with violence. Once again the tribe is divided on a decision, because some of their own members have aligned with the Christians. "'The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.'" (pg. 152) When messengers arrive trying to act as mediators for the two groups, Okonkwo kills one of them to light a fire under the tribesmen and set off violence toward the missionaries. He was humiliated in jail and wants his revenge, but to his dismay the tribes allow the rest of the messengers to escape and Okonkwo realizes that they will not be going to war. Things fell apart for Okonkwo on a personal level as well throughout the book because of his neglect of those around him and his violent actions. Okonkwo was a great warrior who feared becoming like

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