Compare Things Fall Apart And The Second Coming

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The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and the poem “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats are both highly praised pieces of literature. After reading the two works, one can come to the conclusion that there is a strong correlation amongst them, hence Achebe naming his novel after a line in the poem. Both pieces highlight a strong, stable society that is disturbed by change which comes with much chaos and confusion. In Things Fall Apart, one can interrupt that when you think things are perfect the way they are, there will be others who believe change is inevitable. In “The Second Coming”, it can be interpreted that change brings upon uncertainties. These two themes are intertwined since the novel deeply demonstrates how change can…show more content…
An example of Nwoye’s thoughts about his father can be found on page 152 where Achebe writes, “...he was happy to leave his father. He would return later to his mother and his brothers and sisters and convert them to the new faith.” Additionally on page 205, when the villagers let the Christian messengers escape, Okonkwo finally comes to the realization that things have changed and Umuofia is no longer the reigning war clan it once was. To Okonkwo, their choice demonstrated weakness and defeat which eventually led to his suicide. Suicide may have been the end of the novel, but the warrior’s death may have just symbolized the missionaries getting closer to their desires and a major shift in the clan, for change can be unpredictable. This leads on to the theme of “The Second Coming” —change brings upon uncertainties. Yeats wrote the poem after World War I when Europe was mourning a catastrophic loss of life and. This can be exhibited in lines 3 and 4 of the poem which states, “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed up on the world.” He, like the mass of other Europeans, believed that because Europe, the center, was going through a changing time, the world was going to fall apart. The poet then goes on to say “Surely The Second Coming is at hand” (line 10) which, again, characterizes his belief of a coming
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