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Things Fall Apart Essay

Things Fall Apart Essay



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Things Fall Apart EssayThing Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe. In the novel, the Ibo people, anation in lower Africa, are colonized by the Umofia, an Ibo tribe, is the home of Okonkwo, the protagonist. Okonkwo falls victim to his virtues throughout the novel. Heis hardworking, masculine, and honorable; he loses everything because of it.Okonkwo is a very diligent man. His harvests are some of the best in Umofia.This, however, hindered him from enjoying almost anything besides work. Before andduring feasts, he does not rejoice, only thinks of work, and his desire to be working. He becomes quite enraged, because he considers the work for it wasteful. While preparingfor a feast that is quickly approaching, Okonkwo, for no reason, unleashes his anger onhis wife, Ekwefi. “‘Who killed this banana tree?’ he asked…. As a matter of fact, the treewas very much alive. Okonkwo’s second wife merely cut a few leaves off it to wrap somefood, and she said so. Without further argument Okonkwo gave her a sound beating andleft her and her daughter weeping” (38).Okonkwo is very masculine. He enjoys, and typically excels in, doing manlythings. He is renowned for beating Amalinze the Cat, undefeated for seven years, in awrestling match. He lacks balance, however, and throws away his feminine side better then he throws Amalinze. He leaves no room for sympathy or compassion. This causeshis first born Nwoye, an effeminate man, to run away. He receives only beatings from hisfather. Nwoye heard some very upsetting news, that his beloved step-brother Ikemefunawas to return back home. “Nwoye overheard it and burst into tears, whereupon his father  beat him heavily” (57). There was nothing beautiful about Okonkwo, and when given the

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