In Things Fall Apart, Achebe depicts negative as well as positive elements of Igbo culture, and he is sometimes as critical of his own people as he is of the colonizers. The nine clan leaders, or egwugwu, also represent the nine villages of Umuofia.
Obierika's son, Maduka, is greatly admired by Okonkwo for his wrestling prowess, which in Okonkwo's opinion is something his own son, Nwoye lacks.
It doesn't go anywhere. Within forty years of the arrival of the British, by the time Achebe was born inthe missionaries were well established. One elder wonders why such a trivial dispute would come before the egwugwu.
But weeks later, a large group of men slaughtered the villagers in retribution. As a result, he often beats his wives and children, and is unkind to his neighbours.
Background[ edit ] Most of the story takes place in the fictional village of Iguedo, which is in the Umuofia clan.
Consequently, the villagers killed the white man. Their daughter Ezinma, whom Okonkwo is fond of, is dying. Okonkwo surprises Ekwefi by arriving at the cave, and he also waits with her. She receives severe beatings from Okonkwo just like his other wives; but unlike them, she is known to talk back to Okonkwo.
Because of internal weaknesses within the native structure and the divided nature of Igbo society, the community of Umuofia in this novel is unable to withstand the tidal wave of foreign religion, commerce, technology, and government.
But the standard version cannot sing. Nevertheless, Okonkwo is unhappy about the changes in Umuofia. Upon finding Ekwefi, he was very relieved and they both waited for Ezinma.
Achebe makes us sympathize with Nwoye's dissatisfaction and acknowledges that Ibo culture was imperfect, but through Okonkwo he also shows us what was lost when the Ibos failed to preserve their culture from the onslaught of the Europeans.
For many days after killing Ikemefuna, Okonkwo feels guilty and saddened. He has three wives and ten total children, and is a brave and rash Umuofia Nigerian warrior and clan leader.
The customs described in the novel mirror those of the actual Onitsha people, who lived near Ogidi, and with whom Achebe was familiar. Okonkwo gathers grasses, barks, and leaves to prepare medicine for Ezinma. Pete Edochie starred as Okonkwo. Because the missionaries were powerful, what they wanted to do they did.
Obierika is Okonkwo's best friend from Umuofia. Introduction Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart is probably the most authentic narrative ever written about life in Nigeria at the turn of the twentieth centur. Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy.
It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent.
Told /5(). From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes Things Fall Apart Study Guide has everything you. Dec 15, · Things Fall Apart Book Critique Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a historical fiction novel describing the life of Okonkwo in a Nigerian village succumbing to European ways, in order to portray Achebe’s view on imperialism.
THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria.
The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical /5(K). Things Fall Apart is about the tragic fall of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a respected and influential leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria.
Okonkwo is a respected and influential leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria.When things fall apart