Things Fall Apart and The Second Coming
"The Second Coming"
By William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer,
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosened upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosened, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned
The best lack of all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Chinua Achebe based his story, "Things Fall Apart," on the poem by
William Butler Yeats
called "The Second Coming." These two pieces of
literature have many similarities
but no differences.
When analyzing the poem, "The Second Coming," I notice that the
title of the story is included in the poem. The poem is based on changes
and it implies that when mere anarchy is in play, the whole community lets
go and things fall apart. The only reason why the society fell apart is
because the people did not stand up for their religion and government. They
let the missionaries change their ways. That was also referred to in the
poem. The poem stated that things fall apart when the center cannot hold.
At the bottom of page 176, Obierika quoted that the white man
put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart. I
think that Achebe is trying to give William Butler Yeats some type of
recognition because in the beginning of the book, Achebe included a stanza
from the poem.
"The blood-dimmed tide is loosened, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned"
First of all, I think this means that once the white missionaries
interfere with their religion, it could encourage the whites to feel they
could do anything to their society and the people would not say anything.
For example, After the white missionaries introduced their religion, they
tried to introduce British law and force them upon villagers. "The ceremony
of innocence is drowned" could mean that the Ibo society's culture is done
away with and can only come back if they put up with a fight.
Although Okonkwo attempted to arrange a fight against the Christian
religion, it was always stopped. After the British convert some villagers
to Christianity, they introduce British laws and force them upon villagers.
By the time Okonkwo returns, the British have established a stronghold in
the village, and most of the people are afraid to confront them. So Okonkwo
calls many meetings and tries to organize a way to stop the British. Every
time a meeting is called, the British officials break it up. One time,
Okonkwo fought back and when the others failed to join the attack, he loses
all hope and hangs himself.
As you can see, "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe is greatly
based on the poem "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. These two
pieces of literary artwork show many similarities and hardly any