Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

To be a man in the Ibo culture of Africa in the 1800s meant to live with honor above all. It meant to be respectful to your elders and ancestors, dedicating oneself to his work, and playing an avid role in the ceremonies of the tribe and those most valiant in the tribe would hold titles of importance in their culture. In Achebe?s novel Things Fall Apart, he chooses to create a main character that displays the characteristics necessary for success in the tribe, like his dedication, courage, strength, and respectfulness. However, Achebe also chose to stress the inner battles Okonkwo faces; his personal battle between his manly hood and his resentment towards his spineless father, the legacy he left behind, and how Okonkwo realizes just how easy it would be follow in his footsteps, a path he spends his entire life trying to stay off of. Achebe uses all of these characteristics of his main character, and in the end his tragic death, to show the inner workings of the Ibo culture and how it was destroyed upon the entering of European missionaries.
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