Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Many times when reading a book one develops a one-sided view of the situation because of the way the characters are portrayed. Usually, the characters the author wants to portray as good are cast in a positive light, meaning that only the good things about them are included and, in most cases, th

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Advantages and Disadvantages in the Colonization of Africa

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe both involve the colonization on Africa. In Heart of Darkness, the author talks about how savage the natives were and how much there was a need to update the living conditions of the natives and to help them become better

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Bridging the Gap

Conflicts can be aggravated or alleviated depending upon how a situation is approached. There are different ways to approach issues. We can see this every day in family relationships. For example, the teenager who thinks that his parents don't parent reasonably can do either one of two things. The

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Kurtz and Okonkwo as a Tragic Heroes

Tragedy deals with characters greater than us. A "tragic hero" is an individual who possesses some sort of great authority while at the same time being infected with a tragic flaw, which eventually leads to his inevitable downfall in the end. There are two char

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A Proud Heart

1. Okonkwo said, "Do not despair. I know you will not despair. You have a manly and a proud heart. A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone" (24). This quote proves to be true for him

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The Question of Fate

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves Men at some time are masters of their fates:

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Okonkwo's Fear in Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, is a story of a man whose life is dominated by his fears. There are many subtle themes throughout this book. One theme that cries out over the rest is Okonkwo's, the main character, fear of weakness as seen through his childhood, his

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Accepting the Leap From Childhood to a Manhood

Many cultures have a unique way of accepting the leap from childhood to a manhood. These customs might be extremely different in each culture, but they share a common thread. The Jewish, Ibo and Mayan cultures are examples of variant societies that share the common notion that th

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An African Man

An African man, Chinua Achebe, wrote the novel, Things Fall Apart, at the age of 26. The story portrays his theme of life, when one thing stands another stands beside it. The main character, Okonkwo, lead a somewhat complicated life. As it began, it was ruled by courage and strength, but he chose to

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Things Fall Apart of Chinua Achebe

A culture is only as strong as its most faithful and devoted follower. Okonkwo, the main character in Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, can easily be argued as the most devoted follower within his culture of the Umuofia civilization. Okonkwo disowned his own son upon discovery that his chi

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A Report on Things Fall Apart

Women in Umuofian Society "It is the woman whose child has been eaten by a witch who best knows the evils of witchcraft." That simple saying can best relate to the experience of women in the Umuofian society. A person cannot truly hope to understand how things work unless he or she was there to expe

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Women in Umuofian Society

"It is the woman whose child has been eaten by a witch who best knows the evils of witchcraft." That simple saying can best relate to the experience of women in the Umuofian society. A person cannot truly hope to understand how things work unless he or she was there t

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Character Analysis on "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a novel where the main character Marlow is telling a story of a trip to the Congo. This novel is said to possibly be an autobiography of Conrad's life at sea. This is said because Conrad was a seaman for a many years and went into Africa many time

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A Literary Critique on Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

Chinua Achebe, a well-known writer, once gave a lecture at the University of Massachusetts about Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, entitled "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness." Throughout his essay, Achebe notes how Conrad used Africa as a background only, and how he "set Afr

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Judgement of Human Flaws Resulting Social Collapse

Chinua Achebe's novel, "Things Fall Apart," is a well written narrative about the Ibo community in Nigeria, Africa. Achebe took the title of the novel from a poem called "The Second Coming," by W.B. Yeats. It appears that Yeats is making some judgement on the European way o

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The Women of "Things Fall Apart" By Chinua Achebe

The Ibo society in Africa is very different from the American society that I am used to. One of the major differences is the way women are treated. On page 37 of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo conveys that "no matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and c

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The novels Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart

When asked to create an image of Africa in one's mind many people describe a stuningly similar vision, one which includes primative landscapes as well as a primative way of life. In the past, and even somewhat today, Africa is considered to be a location that resembles a most natural form of earth.

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Okonkwo Toy

When a hammer meets a selection of fine china, the fine china breaks and shatters. However, if the fine china is replaced with Play-Doh (that wonderful substance that reeks of "non-toxic" chemicals), the Play-Doh molds and conforms to the hammer; it changes. This may sound utterly fruitless; however

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A Loyal Companion: A Support System

People need loyal friends as a support system. Having loyal friends is a major issue discussed and documented in today's society. There are many novels written dealing with the issue of friendship. It is not only an important topic, but also a value and privilege to be exp

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What is Like to Live in an African Society

In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe is trying to give an explanation of what it is like to live in an African society. The story is about a man named Okonkwo, who was a member of the Ibo tribe. Over a period of time the Umuofia society disintegrated due to a white man that introduced a

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Nigerian Culture Conflict

Question: On Nigerian culture, compare and contrast the feelings and the attitudes of Emecheta and Achebe. The essential conflict for the culture identified by each is different. Explore this. Buchi Emecheta emigrated from Nigeria to London with her young husband, only to find herself ultimate

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Okonkwo's Goals, Desire and Weaknesses

Things Fall Apart is a story about personal beliefs and customs and also a story about conflict. There is struggle between family, culture, and religion of the Ibo people which is all brought on by a difference in personal beliefs and customs. There are the strong opinions of the main character, Oko

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"Marriage is a Private Affair" By Chinua Achebe

The Chinua Achebe theme can be echoed around the world. Religious customs can practice the ritual of prearranged marriages, like the wedding that Emeka's father had planned for him in a letter written to his son. It can also incite cultural differe

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The Struggle in the Play Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Understanding the beliefs of a different culture is often difficult. From birth, people are surrounded with cultural values and traditions that are soon accepted as normal. It may often be challenging to comprehend another culture's beliefs without immediately judging their culture as a whole, the

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The Feminine Virtues in the Ibo Tribe

In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe shows the importance of feminine virtues in the Ibo tribe. In the novel women, regarded highly for their importance in bearing children and acting as wives, receive praised for their significance. Achebe illustrates the women o

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