The widely known novel named Things Fall Apart was written by a man by the name of Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart represents the cultural roots of the Igbos in order to provide self-confidence, but at the same time refers them to universal principles which vitiate their destructive potential (Rhoads 61). As the reader continues through the narrative and learn more in depth about the characters a sense of pride, trust, and faith in history come into view. Seeing Achebe’s duty as a writer in a new nation as showing his people the dignity that they had lost during the colonial period, he sets out to illustrate that before the European colonial powers entered Africa, the Igbos had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty, that they had poetry and, above all, they had dignity (Rhoads 61). Yet, with the introduction of colonialism the characters must learn to accept and get used to a new culture and set of beliefs or face termination from society. The novel focuses on the troubles of African cultures and their struggle to adjust to colonialism. As the novel progresses, one can also observe the influence of religion over time and how it has changed in many societies. Although many readers would describe the colonialism in Africa as something normal and something you can not prevent; a closer look of this novel would suggest that the needs of human nature to expand their values and beliefs upon others causes ancient cultures to evolve or fade out of existence. Things Fall Apart in part is a statement of what the future might be if Nigeria were to take advantage of the promising aspects of its past and to eliminate the unpromising ones (Rhoads 62).
In Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, the Ibo culture revolves around structured gender roles, from the crops that the men and women grow, to the characterization of crimes,which creates tension between the sexes and will ultimately lead to detrimental consequences. Things Fall Apart represents the hardships and struggles between females and males. For example, Ekwefi, the wife of Okonkwo, she is often beat for the things she has genuinely forgotten about . Also, we have Enzima, Okonkwo's favorite daughter, but since she is a female, she must be treated like a women. Although females are considered the weaker gender, they possess many qualities that make them worthy, such as bearing children. Achebe explained the importance of both genders and how they contribute to the society.
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...exiled to his motherland. Uchendu, his uncle, notices Okonkwo's grief and powerfully explains to Okonkwo how he should view his exile: "A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you. And that is why we say that Mother is Supreme”. The only credit and fulfilment these women enjoy is motherhood. They receive respect and love from their children. They are strong for their children. Women are viewed to be very gentle and caring. They are expected to take care of their children with the best of their ability. Women are trusted totally by their children. This honorable portrayal of women is used by Achebe to identify women's role in the Ibo society. This portrayal is necessary to show that women indeed play an important role in society.
This is a gripping novel about the problem of European colonialism in Africa. The story relates the cultural collision that occurs when Christian English missionaries arrive among the Ibos of Nigeria, bringing along their European ways of life and religion.
Achebe’s whisper to feminine strengths in his novel was influenced by his intended 1950’s Western audience. Cobham suggests, as cited by Krishnan (2012), that “Achebe chooses representations of Igbo society that are most easily digested by a Western audience” (p.8). In the 1950’s with the end of World War II and men returning home, women’s value was regarded mainly as domestic housewives and mothers. Catalano (2002) illustrates the atmosphere in 1950’s United States explaining, “the Cold War placed an added emphasis on family unity as a defense against communism, making the role of women as wives and mothers crucial to the preservation of the United States and its democratic ideals” and submits, many “identify the 1950s as the pinnacle of gender inequality” (p45). For the benefit of his audience, the stock feminine characters Achebe made obvious mimicked that of 1950’s United States: the inferior female, domesticate...
Imagine having a life threatening disease and not even knowing it. This was the case for me. I was brought up eating healthy wheat bread and grains. Much to my surprise I would learn it was actually hurting my health. I have always had “stomach issues” and being lactose intolerant, I blamed it on that. I never thought it could be something else. Last year I learned I was anemic; soon I was lying in the hospital with a blood transfusion and wondering why. I ate extremely healthy foods and was sure I should have retained those nutrients. Once my blood work came back I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I was burning more calories than I was eating without knowing it. To top it off I had a rash on my face that seemed to never go away. Anemia, hyperthyroidism, lactose intolerance and having rashes are all symptoms of celiac, you would think after all of this a doctor would either test me or at least mention it. That was not the case. Instead, I learned of this medical condition through three-time daytime Emmy winning actor Sarah Joy Brown. Sarah J. Brown is a fellow celiac sufferer who spreads awareness of CD to her fans, friends and family through her facebook and twitter accounts. I will be forever grateful to her. Celiac disease is life threatening and more should be done to spread knowledge and awareness on the subject.
The things that held the Igbo tribe together were their close bonds of clan kinship, unified allegiance to their gods, and their democratic society. These were the very things that the English set out to attack, to ‘put a knife on’. Once they began this process, Igbo society was never to be the same again. Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy, while an excellent piece of literature in its own right, can also be read as an excellent historical account of this process. This essay concerns the responses of Achebe’s fictional characters to the very real actions taken by the British in their efforts to ‘pacify’ Nigeria, focusing on one aspect of this effort - the policy of creating ‘Warrant Chiefs’ and the subsequent era of corruption.
In 2005, one in twelve Americans had the probability of developing getting cancer between the ages of 40 and 59. In 2006, Heart disease caused 26% of deaths that took place in the United States. Equally compelling from the statistics from the Center for Disease control and prevention show 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans are from chronic diseases. We eat, we get sick, and we die. Health is a major element in our lives, and since a major portion of our health is what we eat, and how we self medicate, food products are of high importance.
Many societies have beliefs rooted deep in ancient religion. Some beliefs include polygamy, polytheism, and patriarchy, or rule by men. One such culture is that of Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Polytheism and polygamy are custom in the clan, and the role of each family member is very defined. The men are overly domineering. The women and children are treated poorly and often beaten. Life in Achebe's Umuofia would seem very different to someone living in modern day America.
Traditionally, the colonized country is depicted as a woman ripe for harvesting; the colonizer comes in and ravishes the land. What sets Achebe’s novel apart from this tradition is that it examines the slow emasculation of a male protagonist. While his village is certainly being taken advantage of, he is stripped of his masculine power and nothing more. Okonkwo’s surrender is not given any kind of sexual connotation. Although he is ultimately seen as quite feminine in nature due to hid suicide and the system’s lack of support for him, he is not taken advantage of in any way. The Commissioner is vaguely interested in him, but mainly dismisses him in favor of thinking about his book. It is this dismissal, however, that marks the true shift in power from the beginning of the novel to the end. At the beginning of the novel, Okonkwo is a symbol of masculinity; by the end, he is merely a corpse on a tree, not even worthy enough to be handled by his people. The District Commissioner’s rise to power and his dismissal of Okonkwo predicts what will happen with Umuofia when the colonizers have exhausted its resources: it will simply no longer be of
Another traditional belief that Africa holds onto, despite its taxing nature on the equality of women, is regarding marriage. The belief is that when women are married, they essentially become possessions of their male partners. Traditionally, a girl’s family will give her away to a prospective husband of their choosing in exchange for payment. In addition to this, some villages like that of the Igbo people have a tradition where when a husband dies, the wife is turned over to his brother. In The Joys of Motherhood, Nnaife’s brother dies and he inherits his wife. Nnu Ego is not happy about it, but it does not matter because her opinion on the situation is irrelevant to the custom. In the more modern cities of Africa arranged marriages
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe women in Igbo culture seem to have a complicated life. In the story Okonkwo has three wives which in their culture is normal to have. Women are marginalized and silenced by being poorly treated, being possessions of men, and being treated as objects.
The author Chinua Achebe, in the novel, “Things Fall Apart,” shares the extreme diversity between the female and male characters residing in Umofia. Okonkwo, the male leader of the tribe, carries qualities such as power and manliness, as all men are expected to. As for the females they are commonly referred as being weaker for child bearing and more responsible because they are expected to cook, clean, and take care of their children. Although the traits of the Igbo culture vary in the determination of the sexes, both genders share both positive and negative aspects of their community.