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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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During the time period of 1967 to 1970 the Nigerian Civil War when Nigeria gain its independence, Achebe reflected back on his personal disappointment of this event. Although, this time should be a proud moment, his friend, Christopher Okigbo was killed during the Nigerian Civil War.
While this issue, this inspires him to write his first novel, Things Fall Apart in 1958. He portrayed the protagonist Okonkwo as a powerful leader in the Igbo society. He doesn’t have much trouble with his wife nor is he disrespected in his village. But this one incident makes him destroyed. When he accidentally killed someone, he was banished for seven years. And the new authority of the British District Commissioner colonized to the Igbo society leaving his village unintended. “Achebe was drawn upon of traditional movement in Igbo and Nigeria’s white colonial government when thinking about Things Fall Apart” (“Chinua Achebe” 2002).
In addition, Okonkwo is fighting colonialism alone therefore leaves Okonkwo falling apart in society because society itself is giving up to the more dominant culture. Even his son left him. There was no choice left but for Okonkwo to kill himself.
“Achebe continue to write novels to address the post-colonial social and political problems that Nigeria still faces today” (“Things Fall Apart: Context” 2006).
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Assmaa I found this novel very interesting wih its diversity of themes and topics which are very important and fruitful.When you will read it you will encounter many facts which are the main reasons behind the the weakness of the Third World and I mean COLONIZATION and this what happened in Nigeria exactlly in the Igbo tribe where Okonkwo the strong man and the leader at the same time lost every thing in a short time after the coming of the white men which is compared with the coming of the LOCUTS in the novel. Little by little every thing changed (culture customs and even Religion) until every things fall apart . At the end the main character (Okonkwo)commited suicide afer losing all what he had . ASSMAA from France.


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