Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart is a novel of a man whose life is dominated by both fear and anger. Okonkwo was very well known throughout nine villages and even beyond. As a young man he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze, the cat. Amalinze was the great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten from Umuofia to Mbaino (Achebe, 1994, p. 3). Drums were beaten and the flutes sang and the spectators held their breath, Amalinze was a wily craftsman but Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water. Okonkwo fame grew rapidly as he had taken down the cat. Everyone now looked up to him and saw him as fierce warrior of the clan (Achebe, 1994). It was then that one night Okonkwo was just getting ready to go to bed the he heard the ogene of the town crier in the night air. The town crier then went on to give his message that every man Umuofia was asked to gather at the market place the next morning. Okonkwo had discerned a clear overtone of tragedy in the crier’s voice and even now he could hear the overtone of tragedy of as it grew dimmer and dimmer in the distance (Achebe, 1994, p. 9). At the gathering, Ogbuefi Ezeugo, announces that someone from the village of Mbaino murdered the wife of an Umuofia tribesman while she was in their market. The crowd expresses anger, and Okonkwo travels to Mbaino to deliver the message that they must hand over to Umuofia a virgin and a young man. Should Mbaino refuse to do so, the two villages must go to war, and Umuofia has a fierce reputation

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