Theme Of Change In Things Fall Apart

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When change is embraced it can achieve growth and maturation however at the expense of loss and destruction. This is evident through the novel Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe which explores the relationship between the acceptance of change and the survival of a thriving society. The band Goanna demonstrates the effects of imposed change on the growth and maturation of society or lack thereof through the song Solid Rock.

In the face of change the strongest of traditions will struggle to grow and mature in order to survive. Things Fall Apart depicts how the introduction of intolerance and lack of understanding in society deconstructs a thriving, well functioning culture. As the culture and traditions of Umuofia is unchanged it
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Chinua Achebe through motifs and symbolism creates characters that are polar opposites to Okonkwo. Who survive and even thrive through their destruction of their culture. Okonkwo often fears that his oldest son Nwoye shows more resemblance to his grandfather, Unoka. Unoka is a failure in the village due to his debts, laziness, and lack of contribution towards the community. Okonkwo despised his father as he had failed to provide for him as a child. However, the reader doesn’t view Unoka as harshly as Okonkwo does due to his idleness and love of words. Okonkwo struggles to separate the characteristics of Unoka from failure. As a result, Okonkwo is inarticulate and hates all things his father loved. Nwoye resemblance to Unoka in characteristics lead him to joining the missionaries “it was the poetry of the new religion…. Answered a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul- the question of the twins crying in the bush and the question of Ikemefuna who was killed. He felt with relief within as the hymn poured in to his parched soul” This quote demonstrates how Nwoye’s idle thoughts and articulation lead him to thrive in the missionary community. However, Nwoye still suffered the great losses of his family and culture “I don’t know. He is not my father, said Nwoye unhappily. This quote depicts how even with Nwoye knowing his fate of his relationship with his father when joining the missionaries, he still suffered through the loss of his family and

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