Analysis and Evaluation of 'Things Fall Apart'.

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I. Summary

"Things Fall Apart" tells the story of the life of the main character, Okonkwo, from an outside narrator. There are different spatial setting throughout the story including Iguedo and Mbanta while the temporal setting is at the turn of the 19th century. In the beginning of the story Okonkwo was one of them most respected men of his tribe and was constantly moving up the social ladder yearning to join the lords of the tribe. However, after committing crimes against the tribe such as breaking the sacred Week of Peace and committing the murder of one of the tribe 's kinsmen, Okonkwo is exiled from the tribe and is not to return for seven years.

It is while in exile that Okonkwo 's life truly falls apart. For while in exile
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This was my second time reading this novel and I got a lot more out of it the second time around. I liked how the book did not drag out the plot for there was always one event after another. Also, the different plot twist that are thrown in the story kept me guessing what was going to happen next.

I first read the book in a history class in order to read how certain tribes were like in Africa in the past. I did not remember much from the story except that I liked it for the reading was simple and straightforward. I think that this story could have worked even better as different journal entries written by Okonkwo telling the story from his point of view rather than having a narrator. However, it is not unlikely that Chinua Achebe as the narrator is telling a modified story of maybe one of his own family members. Also, while reading this time I was able to enjoy the story more rather than having to study the ways the tribes acted and have to look for possible bias that the author had.

My favorite books are usually those that do tend to revolve around the life of one character and highlights the character 's hardships in life such as the book The Catcher in the Rye. I was able to relate to Okonkwo at times such as when he was not able to show his inner emotions. For as a member of the football team if I were to ever show weakness such as being upset when getting yelled at by the coach or even showing exhaustion after a tough practice I would be looked at
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