Critical Criticism Of Things Fall Apart

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Baldonado explains that if a culture is left out of the sphere of popular culture for a period of time they begin to become a subaltern which has historically led to the denial of further representation. The majority begin to perceive the subaltern on the small sample size they’ve already seen and may start rejecting any new forms of representation simply because it wouldn’t fit their current view. While the respect fades from the majority, the subaltern struggles between speaking for oneself and being spoken for. The reason “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe is considered one of the most significant Postcolonial texts is because it was the first time people were able to relate to African as humans through non-European literature. Achebe’s writings rose to global popularity not only through his incredible ability to tell a story, but because he was a credible source. Europeans primarily pushed an image of unstable and decentralized barbarians when referring to the colonization of Africa. Achebe immediately addresses this in his opening chapters, stressing the complicated hierarchy of the Igbo people along with the strong emotions and insecurities that come…show more content…
It becomes clear that he is undoubtedly a critical member of Umuofian society, but has many extreme behaviors that aren’t typical of that culture. When reflecting on his achievements of the past he always stresses the ferocity and heartlessness. He has "brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat" in a wrestling match (Achebe 3). He then begins to emphasize his impatience with “unsuccessful” men, which is clearly shown when he speaks of his “effeminate” son, Nwoye, and father, Unoka. Although a generally harsh view, Okonkwo’s actions more often than not earn him great respect in his

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