Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Post  Joshua T on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:56 pm

The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe portrays the idea that British white missionaries enter the land and minds of the Nigerian Igbo tribe in order to help them and enable them to pursue a better life. However, in reality, the opposite was true. The British white missionaries manipulated the minds of the Igbo people in a very unsubtle way. Since the Igbo people were open to what they considered to be helpfulness of the British white missionaries, they were in fact being taken advantage of. The Igbo people were clearly very trusting individuals and it never occurred to them that the missionaries were putting the thin edge of the wedge into their society in order to gain control. The title of the novel clearly symbolizes the fact that things literally fall apart in plain sight. The Igbo people never saw it coming because it more was what the British white missionaries did not say that hurt the Igbo people and did not do.
The book is set in central Nigeria, which is inhabited by a tribe known as the Nigerian Igbos. They live a traditional lifestyle in every sense of the word, from language to clothing. They are totally unprepared for change. Their environment changed over night when the white missionaries from Great Britain invaded their one sedentary lifestyle. Many members of the tribe were resistant to the change being forced upon them under the pretense of help. The main character of the book was a warrior named Okonkwo, had a militant streak to his personality and decided to rebel against the British. Sadly, the stress associated with these events drove him to kill himself.

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