Analysis Of The Movie ' Things Fall Apart '

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“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” (Yeats). Things Fall Apart tells the tragic story of a Nigerian village and its adaptation to the cultural changes that it encounters. Similar to the lost falcon in the gyre, the clan looses its way and begins to fall apart when a group of white missionaries take control of their land. The protagonist, as well as static character, Okonkwo, was a well-respected clan leader whose desire of a traditional Igbo society led him to his own downfall. He was a self-made and honored man in Umuofia who was known to be very powerful. His stern and fearless aura was only a façade, however. Internally, he had many worries about his status and the village’s future. Okonkwo’s venomous fears about his reputation, narrow-minded desires for a traditional tribe, and inability to adapt to society’s changes are what caused his life to fall apart and led him to the grave. Okonkwo was a tough, abusive, and insensitive man. He had a raging temper and saw violence as the answer for almost everything. Although there were many factors that shaped his character, the main reason that Okonkwo was so harsh was because of his father, Unoka, who was a lazy debtor. Okonkwo was very ashamed of his father and made sure that he became nothing like him. “When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and was heavily in debt. … Fortunately, among these

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