Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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In his novel Things Fall Apart, author Chinua Achebe utilizes his distinctive writing style in order to accurately capture the culture and customs of the Igbo people despite writing his story in a foreign language. Five aspects of Achebe’s style that make his writing unique is the straightforward diction present in dialogue, the inclusion of native parables convey Igbo life authentically, the inclusion of native Igbo words and phrases, detailed descriptions of nature and the usage of figurative language.
Perhaps the most discernible of all the stylistic devices present in Things Fall Apart, Achebe’s straightforward diction present in excerpts of dialogue are utilized to contrast the native Africans’ culture from that of their European imperialists; the Igbo speak in a straightforward tongue since they have no ulterior agendas and honest language is the medium through which they perceive the world while the white men speak in a complex manner to hide their true thoughts. For instance, when Mr. Smith and a group of native men are arguing over the location of the Christian church, the Igbo speak plainly stating that, “It is good that a man should worship the gods and the spirits of his fathers. Go back to you house so that you may not be hurt” (Achebe 190) while Mr. Smith refuses them in a more advanced manner replying that “this is the house of GOd and I will not live to see it desecrated” (190). Not only is Mr. Smith’s vocabulary more sophisticated, but the the ideas behind…

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