Analysis Of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

analytical Essay
724 words
724 words

The white man considered Africans to be primitive savages. They were seen as inferior, second-class citizens. Chinua Achebe was an African novelist who sought to give the African people a voice. Achebe gave a prospective of African culture that had been missing from the literature. The white man primarily composed works of literature, therefore there was a skewed representation of African culture. Achebe conveyed a greater understanding of African culture through his first novel Things Fall Apart. This analysis will examine Okonkwo’s power and lack of freedom through his wealth, property, and actions. The main character, Okonkwo, is a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan. Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, died as a poor man with a reputation of being an emotional coward. Okonkwo is embarrassed of his father’s reputation, therefore he adopts opposite ideals. Okonkwo becomes everything his father was not; strong, productive, and a provider. He achieves great social and financial success by embracing these ideals. Throughout the village, Okonkwo is seen as powerful. Although Okonkwo is powerful, he is imprisoned by the social pressure of the village to portray …show more content…

This pressure leads him to kill a child that calls him father. Okonkwo doesn’t wish to look weak in front of his fellow tribesmen, so he cuts the boy down despite the Oracle’s message. “He heard Ikemefuna cry, “My father they have killed me!” as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak” (Achebe 61). Okonkwo is unable to express a normal human emotion, such as grief, because he is crippled by the opinions of others. Okonkwo does not have the ability to express his true feelings and therefore is enslaved by the sense of masculinity he feels he must portray. His only ability to express his feelings comes only through violence and

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chinua achebe, an african novelist, conveyed a greater understanding of african culture through his first novel things fall apart.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo, a wealthy and respected warrior of the umuofia clan, is embarrassed of his father's reputation and adopts opposite ideals.
  • Explains okonkwo is one of the most powerful men in the tribe because of his personal achievements. he brought honor to his village by throwing analyze the cat.
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