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    In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, greatness is defined by worth- or how much one accomplishes in a lifetime. Okonkwo, the main character, diligently works for everything he earns. His passion to be successful comes from his fear of turning out like his father, Unoka, who died with “no title at all and was heavily in debt” (8). Okonkwo fears the thought of becoming nothing. He keeps this fear with him and uses it as a strength to push himself through every hardship and reach the status his…

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    In our world, people travel different journeys based on the situations they may find themselves in and so is it in the novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), written by Chinua Achebe. Achebe is a Nigerian, born in 1930; he also writes short stories, essays and children’s books by which we wins honorary awards and fellowship. While growing up, parents expects children to make better lives for themselves than they (parents) live, however, this novel has such twist to it as the protagonist (Okonkwo),…

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    Suicide in the Igbo culture is considered Nso ani. In the book “Things Fall Apart,” Nso ani is described as a religious offense of a kind abhorred by everyone, literally earth’s taboo (2, A Glossary of Ibo Words and Phrases). The Igbo culture frowns upon the act of a man taking their own life and this act is considered taboo and evil. The clan finds that a person who commits this crime is considered shameful and does not receive a proper burial and is instead thrown into a bush (1). The clansmen…

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    administration of what is just by law,” but this does not fully capture the connotation of the term “just.” To fully understand the concept of “just,” one must explore the more ambiguous concepts of culture, religion, and class. In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, this ambiguity is explored as justice is dissected through the portrayal of conflict between Christian missionary tradition and Tribal legal action. Nwoye’s characterization mirrors this conflict as Nwoye’s personal ideals clash with his…

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    behavior. A burning stick, though turned to the ground, has its flame drawn upwards" (Pandita). The metaphor mentioned in this quote, one that compares a struggling man to surviving flame, is not unlike the character of Okonkwo in the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo was an honored member of an African clan, the Igbo, who lived his life with one goal: strength. Okonkwo pushed himself to be the essence of masculinity and power in every facet of his life, which left him…

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    The title of a story is one of the most defining things about it, it can take the actual story to a whole new level. Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe. It takes place in Africa around the 1900’s. It is a story about a village and a family who undergo many challenges as well as changes when the white men (British) come and try to convert them to Christianity whilst they struggle to hold onto their old culture and traditions. The title of this book is very important considering it is…

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    The novel Things Fall Apart, represents exactly how missionaries treated the Igbo people when they came into their compounds and forced their religion upon them. This is shown when Obierika tells the White Commissioner “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia.…

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    The novel, of Things Fall Apart written in English by a Nigerian author named Chinua Achebe. This story is about how the clan is to be overcome by the new era of the Christianity, how the Clan is doomed to suffer from the white man’s arrival. With the setting taking place in Umuofia in the late 1890’s, Okonkwo who is the main character and also the protagonist. The novel depicts life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umuofia. Specifically around this time period…

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    have a pessimistic impact creating numerous people groups lives to be changed for ever. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe was an immaculate sample of what impact new thoughts…

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    Two main characters share similar traits from respective pieces of literature, one is a quasi-ruler of an African hamlet and the other is a soldier fighting deadly robots. In Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, Ezeulu is the chief priest of multiple villages in Africa that is slowly being colonized by the British in the early Twentieth Century. Second Variety by Phillip K. Dick is a short science fiction story set in an apocalyptic future about a military officer named Major Joseph Hendricks, who…

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