Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart was written by a Nigerian man named Chinua Achebe in 1958, with the intentions of fully exploiting the truth and creating a new perspective about African culture. Seeing as though Achebe lived through the colonization of the Igbo people, he was able to write without stereotyping Africans and European people. Achebe purposefully wrote this novel in English instead of Igbo language because he wanted the perspective shared across Europe to defeat previously construed beliefs of the Nigerian culture and ways of life. Achebe touches on a variety of topics throughout his novel, three of which are how things fell apart through imperialism and colonization, the ideas behind tradition and change, and social construction of patriarchy & masculinities.
Achebe writes this novel in a third person perspective. Personally, I found this to be effective because it justifies how important culture and tradition are to the people of the nine colonies in Nigeria. If Achebe would have written this novel in the view of Okonkwo, there would have been a different view point and potentially would have led to stereotyping groups. Having the perspective be in favor of one group as opposed to another could have led to misconstrued ideologies and would have been less effective.
Tradition and change is a topic that can be found in many different situations in the novel. For example, reading Things Fall Apart led to the realization that Okonkwo and Nwoye demonstrate the different views

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