Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Kelly Zhang Mr. Hadley English 2H 1 1 October 2015 Novel and Play Review Notes 2.) Bibliographic Information Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. London: William Heinemann, 1958. Print. Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 - 21 March 2013) Modernism — Post- Modernism Period 3.) Key Quotations Through a significant passage in chapter seven, Achebe uses analogy to foreshadow the arrival of Europeans. The description of, “And at last the locusts did descend. They settled on every tree… they settled on the roofs…” (56), hints at the pervasive colonization soon experienced by Umuofia. This force causes villages to part from intricate cultural roots like “Mighty tree branches [breaking] away” (56) from literal ones. However, the Ibo people ironically view locusts as a joyful situation; they welcome these insects as a source of food and divine wonder. Achebe emphasizes this difference to sardonically address how white men deemed their actions benevolent. 4.) Title The title belongs to a line from William Butler Yeats’s “The Second Coming”. Throughout the book, events such as Okonkwo’s decline in power and the arrival of white men reflect modernist ideas presented by the poem. Both literary works explore a breaking down of social norms and its psychological effect on people. 5.) Setting Achebe’s novel takes place during the 1890s in an Nigerian society of nine Igbo villages. While these various communities do influence plot, the major action focuses on Umuofia. Throughout the book,

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