Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Chinua Achebe, a native born Nigerian, with an education from the University College, Ilban, has written multiple novels, short stories, essays, and children’s books. Achebe wanted to make a realistic novel with a true African viewpoint. As an author, Achebe made an internationally affecting, cultural contribution to everyday literature by creating a novel so embedded into the African Culture that he experienced when he was younger. In the book, Things Fall Apart, author, Chinua Achebe, introduces the reader to an entirely new side of African culture, and the changes brought when outside forces collided with a different culture through the author’s characterization, the novel’s theme, and the author’s purpose.

Chinua Achebe uses characterization in the first part of Things Fall Apart to introduce the beliefs and male gender expectations of the people of the Ibo culture. Achebe starts by introducing the main character, Okonkwo, who is the spitting image of a respectable person within the Ibo culture. Okonkwo and his father, Unoka were on opposite sides of the spectrum when it came to being a respected man, or a man looked at as if he were a woman. Unoka was a musician, and Okonkwo was a fortunate farmer, and a brave soldier that fought for his people, but also for the fame. Unoka “was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children had barely enough to eat” (15). While Unoka was the spitting image of a dishonorable man, his son, Okonkwo, is one of the most honorable men in…

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