Quotes In Things Fall Apart

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Cameron Verser
Teacher: Mrs. Jean Biglane
AP English Literature and Composition: Sixth Period
29 August 2017
Stripped Roots “Until the lions have their own historian, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” This quote can be applied to many different situations throughout history, but in the context of the novel, Things Fall Apart, the quote refers to renowned Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, recounting the story of the Ibo people and their oppression. Achebe assumes the role of the lions’ historian by exhibiting the richness of the Ibo culture and showing its destruction by the colonialism of the late nineteenth century.
The people of Umuofia have a complex and unique system of religion and government. While most other civilizations in the world have an easily distinguishable line between religion and government, the religion and government of the Ibo are intertwined. The Ibo people worship a deity known as Agbala, the goddess of the earth; however, Agbala can only be heard through Chielo, the voice of the Oracle. The people of Umuofia are led by a chief council called the egwugwu who rely on advice from Agbala to govern the village. Agbala’s authority over the village of Umuofia is clearly seen in her order to have Ikemefuna executed. “Yes, Umuofia has decided to kill him [Ikemefuna]. The Oracle of the Hills and the

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