Analysis Of Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world

How does the epigraph by W.B. Yeats (at the beginning of the book) relate to the novel?

The epigraph by W.B. Yeats relates to the novel because it alludes to the coming colonization of Umuofia and as such the imminent undoing of Umuofia 's traditional African customs. For those involved, the world familiar to them will fall apart and anarchy will ensue.

Why does Achebe spend considerable time on showing life in Umuofia before the arrival of the colonizers?

I believe that the author, Chinua Achebe spends a considerable amount of time showing life in Umuofia before the arrival of
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Okonkwo however, demonstrates insecurities that drive his entire being - all of the successes and prosperity he has achieved are driven by his fear of becoming a reflection of his father, who was deemed a weak, lazy and feminine man. As a result of this fear Okonkwo resorts to keeping his emotions within himself and only allows himself to express anger, which he believes demonstrates strength, which he no doubt…show more content…
But there was no doubt that he liked the boy.” (Page 2707) Later in the text, he scolds the boy and his son for their lackluster performance and compares them to himself at their age, but “Inwardly, Okonkwo knew that the boys were still too young to understand fully the difficult art of preparing seed-yams (a symbol of manliness). But he thought that one could not begin too early..Okonkwo wanted his son to be a great farmer and a great man. He would stamp out the disquieting signs of laziness which he though he already saw in him.” (Page 2709) These quotes demonstrate that Okonkwo was both understanding and conscious of his stern attitude and internal feelings, but he hid them as he also feared that his own son would end up like his father and that concerned him
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