Critical Analysis Of Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

analytical Essay
930 words
930 words

In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the author poses many perspectives for literary criticism and review. This work emphasizes many different cultural aspects that were considered controversial at the time of publication in both African and American culture. This novel’s focus on feminine roles, religion, and cultural norms give readers a glimpse of life in the village of Umuofia while allowing them to think critically about the thematic topics posed. Feminism is currently a high priority movement in America, however women did not always have the input in matters of any concern. In fact, most countries still do not allow women to have roles when it comes to crucial or even trivial matters. Things Fall Apart was published in the United States …show more content…

According to David Whittaker, Achebe’s work “proved to be an immensely influential work for African writers, becoming the progenitor of a whole movement of fiction, drama, and poetry, which focused on the revaluation of Africa’s history and cultures, and on representations of the culture conflicts that has their genesis in the colonial era.” This novel became a pivotal point of realization not only for Africa, but also for the world. All at once the world, afraid of what change may bring, pushed the same question to the back their mind: “What if we have it all wrong?” Suddenly, the culture of Africa was influencing the culture of America, Asia, Europe, Australia, etc. Achebe’s novel was a catalyst in the process of nationalist renewal and decolonization of African culture as a whole (Whittaker). A principle in this novel’s thematic course is the inter-generation conflict faced by not only the village as a whole, but also, on a microscopic level, in Okonkwo’s household. As the culture in Umuofia begins to shift, the predecessors of the current generation heavily rely on the cultural norms initiated by their father’s fathers. While tradition should be honored in a society, it should also be modified; this concept is not fully grasped by the older generations of

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chinua achebe's things fall apart emphasizes cultural aspects that were considered controversial at the time of publication in both african and american culture.
  • Analyzes how achebe creates a traditional plot line with okonkwo and portrays women as they are seen in nigeria. the ideals of feminine roles are overshadowed by the dominance of males.
  • Analyzes how the village of umuofia practices a religion that revolves around the "oracle of the hills and the caves".
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