Conflict In Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart
Brandon Rogers
Chinua Achebe’s (1958) novel Things Fall Apart focuses on pre and post-colonial life in modern day Nigeria during the late Nineteenth century. Things Fall Apart is seen today as the first globally accepted novel written by an African author. That being said, Achebe’s novel is extremely popular in both African schools, and taught in English-speaking countries all around the world. This novel follows the life and misfortunes of the main protagonist, Okonkwo. Throughout the novel, Chinua Achebe (1958) does a great job of the rise and fall of Okonkwo and the Igbo culture.
Throughout the novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (1958) discusses the pattern of conflict between traditional African values, as practiced by the Igbo society, and those of the
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In my opinion, both the Igbo society and Okonkwo fell apart. This has a great deal to do with the arrival of the Christian missionaries, whose goal was to get the Igbo people to abandon their traditional values and practices in order to convert to Christianity. I also believe that the sense of family in the Igbo society was destroyed due to the fact that some of the Igbo people actually did convert to Christianity. The actions of the missionaries destroyed the most valued aspect of the Igbo society, causing it to fall apart. In my opinion, I believe that things fell apart in this novel for the worse. I say this because the Igbo society was invaded, and controlled by a foreign power which condemned the traditional values of Igbo society. The ultimate example of how things fell apart throughout this novel explained by the suicide of the protagonist Okonkwo. Upon seeing Okonkwo’s hanging body, Obierika stated ferociously “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog…” (Achebe, 1958,
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