He has three wives and ten total children, and is a brave and rash Umuofia Nigerian warrior and clan leader.
Although the novel was first published in — two years before Nigeria achieved its independence — thousands of copies are still sold every year in the United States alone.
Millions of copies have been sold around the world in its many translations. The novel has been adapted for productions on the stage, on the radio, and on television. Teachers in high schools, colleges, and graduate schools use the novel as a textbook in many types of classes — from history and social studies to comparative literature and anthropology.
The novel takes its title from a verse in the poem "The Second Coming" by W. Yeats, an Irish poet, essayist, and dramatist: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
In this poem — ironically, a product of European thought — Yeats describes an apocalyptic vision in which the world collapses into anarchy because of an internal flaw in humanity.
In Things Fall Apart, Achebe illustrates this vision by showing us what happened in the Igbo society of Nigeria at the time of its colonization by the British. 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.
This ominous tone gradually emerges in Things Fall Apart as an intrusive religious presence and an insensitive government together cause the traditional Umuofian world to fall apart.
Literary Purpose When Things Fall Apart was first published, Achebe announced that one of his purposes was to present a complex, dynamic society to a Western audience who perceived African society as primitive, simple, and backward.
Unless Africans could tell their side of their story, Achebe believed that the African experience would forever be "mistold," even by such well-meaning authors as Joyce Cary in Mister Johnson.
Cary worked in Nigeria as a colonial administrator and was sympathetic to the Nigerian people. Many European writers have presented the continent as a dark place inhabited by people with impenetrable, primitive minds; Achebe considers this reductionist portrayal of Africa racist.
He points to Conrad, who wrote against imperialism but reduced Africans to mysterious, animalistic, and exotic "others. On the contrary, Achebe urges students to read such works in order to better understand the racism of the colonial era.
Achebe also kept in mind his own Nigerian people as an audience. Inhe stated his goal: I would be quite satisfied if my novels. In Things Fall Apart, the Europeans' understanding of Africa is particularly exemplified in two characters: Smith sees no need to compromise on unquestionable religious doctrine or practices, even during their introduction to a society very different from his own.
He simply does not recognize any benefit for allowing the Nigerians to retain elements of their heritage. The District Commissioner, on the other hand, prides himself on being a student of primitive customs and sees himself as a benevolent leader who has only the best intentions for pacifying the primitive tribes and bringing them into the modern era.TRAGIC DIMENSION IN CHINUA ACHEBE’S THINGS FALL APART RAJESHWARI R.
S. Assistant Professor, Sir Parshurambhau College, It sheds light on the reasons of the tragedy that unfolds on the Igbo society.
Key Words: Colonization, Cultural Conflict, traditional culture of the indigenous Igbo people. The white missionaries saw Igbo as. Writing as an African who had been "Europeanized," Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart as "an act of atonement with [his] past, the ritual return and homage of a prodigal son." By his own act, he encourages other Africans, especially ones with Western educations, to realize that .
SOURCE: "Chinua Achebe and the Poetics of Location: The Uses of Space in Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease," in Essays on African Writing, A Re-evaluation, edited by Abdulrazak Gurnah. A summary of Chapters 24–25 in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.
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Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Pen Name:Chinua Achebe Date of Birth:November 16, Place of Birth:Ogidi, Nigeria Protectorate Full Title:Things Fall Apart Genre:Novel / Tragedy Setting:Pre-colonial Nigeria, s Climax:Okonkwo's murder of a court messenger strict, showing no respect for indigenous .
Erik Hendrix Cultural criticism UU, Edward Said & Chinua Achebe A critical dialogue on cultural relativism In this paper I will be considering the subject of cultural relativism on the basis of Edwards Said’s theories on orientalism and Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart.