The novel "Things Fall Apart" was set in the southeastern part of Nigeria where most Igbo’s live. I remember when I first saw the Novel "Things fall apart." I read the plot summary a sentence which, mislead me was "it is the story of a "strong" man whose life is dominated by fear and anger." I concluded this story is just going to be about a man who was like the James bond of his town. I read the content of the book and found out I was totally wrong. The author gave a full insight to the readers, which helps to unravel the culture of the Igbo’s and how the land of Umuofia was during the anti colonial era. The book focus on so many things, but the main things are Gender, Culture and Religion. I always wanted to know what inspired Chinua Achebe to write this Novel I have read several articles and a lot of people write and talk about the novel inspiration, which was showing the aspect of Africa people didn 't know or usually see in a literary novel.
Upon an initial reading of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, it is easy to blame the demise of Okonkwo’s life and of the Umofia community on the imperialistic invasions of the white men. After all, Okonkwo seemed to be enjoying relative peace and happiness before then. He did have a few mishaps; one of them resulted in him being exiled for eight years. Nonetheless, he returned to his home town with high spirits and with prospects of increased success. However, everything has changed. The white men have brought with them a new religion and a new government. Okonkwo’s family falls apart. The men in his village lose their courage and valor; they do not offer any resistance to the white men. Consequently, Okonkwo kills himself in disgrace and Umofia succumbs to the white men. However, the white men are not the only people responsible for demise of Umofia. The Igbo culture, particularly their views on gender roles, sows the seed of their own destruction. By glorifying aggressive, manly traits and ignoring the gentle, womanly traits, Umofia brings about its own falling apart.
Culture makes us who we are. Each individual has their own culture from their experiences in life and is developed from societal influences. The various cultures around the world influence us in different ways which we experience at least once in our lifetime. There are occasions, especially in history, where cultures clash with one another. For instance, the English colonization in Africa changed their culture. Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, portrayed this change in the Igbo people’s society, especially through the character Okonkwo in the village of Umuofia; the introduction of Western ideas challenged him. In the novel Things Fall Apart, the author Chinua Achebe introduces to us Okonkwo whose character’s response to the
The book, Things Fall Apart, is a story written by Chinua Achebe, who has written to this story to inform the readers about not just Africa, but about all the different African cultures; like, Umuofia, Mbaino, Mbanta, and so many more. Achebe is reminding us this because the British view each and every culture as the same, not differently from village to village like they are.
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...
In the book by Chinua Achebe called Things Fall Apart (1959) gender roles are clearly defined by the cultural traditions. Religion is also an important aspect in this society where the characters worshiped various gods and goddesses, and this was challenging and a clash of cultures with the arrival of the Christian missionaries. With moments of anger, rage, murder, and domestic violence makes this story one of a character having father psychological and masculinity issues. There are various times when a son has such dislike for his father and believes his father is less than masculine for being labeled as lazy, wasteful and died with great debt was the greatest motivational force for wanting to be better than the father, “Okonkwo was ruled by one passion – to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was
“The white man had indeed brought a lunatic religion…” (153) thought Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. In the novel, the main character Okonkwo and his son Nwoye experience sudden changes in their village from the arrival of white men. They once began their lives in their native Ibo village of Umoufia. After Okonkwo commits a murder by accident, he is forced to be exiled to Mbanta for seven years. During the years of his exile, Okonkwo hears about white men missionaries appearing in Umuofia, who later come to Mbanta. The missionaries have promoted Christianity in both villages and some of the villagers even converted from Ibo culture to Christian. Finally, after the seven years, Okonkwo and Nwoye return to the new Umuofia, where little Ibo culture remains. Okonkwo and Nwoye react to the changed village differently. They have dissimilar perceptions about the influence of the white men because they had distinct life experiences that shaped their own views on life.
Labels, they will never die. Women are always viewed as weak and less then what they are, just because they are females. Males believe that they are superior to females, since the earliest of times. The commercial I chose is called “labels against women” Pantene, 2013. This advertisement shows females and males that are playing the same role, but how they are judged differently. The ad is to bring awareness to these labels against women and to fight against them. In the book “Things Fall Apart” the main character Okonkwo values manliness and views women, including his three wives’ as weak. I believe males and females should be viewed equally.
Discrimination has been around for a long time and will continue to exist if we insist on labeling and boxing individuals in categories that are meant to separate instead of unite. Discrimination is often times associated with race, religion and appearance. However, one of the biggest subjects discussed when referring to discrimination is gender roles. We live in a world where humans are social beings more than anything else. We have been conditioned to believe that everyone living in society has to abide by the imposed social construct. In particular, the indication of gender roles is heavily influential and prominent in many cultures around the world. So what are our universal gender roles? Universally, most societies believe that men are dominant and women are inferior. The ideology that a woman’s entire existence should be dedicated to caring for her husband and children is still commonly accepted by many cultures around the world. It is also the norm to believe women are
The colonization of a country has, for centuries, been equated with the sexual taking—often raping—of a nation. In Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Ania Loomba asserts that representations of colonialism “encode the rape and plunder of colonized countries by figuring the latter as naked women and placing colonizers as masters/rapists” (Loomba 90). Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart tells the story of Okonkwo, an African village man whose security lies in his masculinity. Over the course of the novel, colonizers and traders infiltrate his community and alter his culture, unbalancing him in his position of power. His gradual emasculation throughout the novel is a direct commentary on how his village is colonized. Okonkwo’s insecurity with his masculinity
Chinua Achebe?s Things Fall Apart is a narrative story that follows the life of an African man called Okonkwo. The setting of the book is in eastern Nigeria, on the eve of British colonialism in Africa. The novel illustrates Okonkwo?s struggles, triumphs, and his eventual downfall, all of which basically coincide with the Igbo?s society?s struggle with the Christian religion and British government. In this essay I will give a biographical account of Okonwo, which will serve to help understand that social, political, and economic institutions of the Igbos.
by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo depicts his masculinity in many different ways, even if it hurts the people closest to him. He feels it is necessary to display his manliness so he does not end up like his father Unoka. “He had no patience with unsuccessful men. He had no patience with his father” (4). Okonkwo correlates virility with aggression and feels the only emotion he should show is anger, leaving him no way to cope with the death of his culture.
In Chinua Achebe 's classic novel "Things Fall Apart," the development of European colonization 's lead to extreme cultural changes, leaving a lasting impact on the Igbo village of Umofia in West Africa. In the novel, Achebe displays the impacts of European colonization in both critical and sympathetic terms to provide the reader with both positive and negative factors of Imperialism to develop an unbiased understanding of what the Igbo culture and society went through. While addressing the hardship 's of life by showing the deterioration of Okonkwo 's character, the cultural and traditional changes of society, and the positive and negative impacts of imperialism, Achebe keeps touch on the overall theme of the novel, once a dramatic event
In the story Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, there were many events that occur that is pertaining to many different types of themes. Three examples of themes in this story are gender, fear and religion. Gender is a theme of this story because men and women have their own roles that they abide to in Umuofia. There was not any roles that both men and women share in common. Fear is a theme of this story because Okonkwo had a negative perspective of his father Unoka and he did not want to become like his father. In the story he try to do everything differently than his father. Religion is a theme in this story because this story shows how Umuofia’s traditional religion changes to Christianity.