The Book ' Things Fall Apart ' Essay

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The book ‘Things Fall Apart” highlights many different aspects of African culture and shows us how incredibly bright, beautiful, harsh, violent and mystical the lives of Nigerians were. In this text several concepts will be questioned and analyzed, such as the importance of the character’s daily life and rituals, the language used throughout the writing, comparing how they deal with problems and solving them, determining whether or not the text contains a local or grand narrative, and if there are any references or correlations to essentialism, euro-centrism, the white man’s burden and the silent native? ‘Things Fall Apart” starts with a poem that describes what will eventually occur, a precursor of what is to come and befall the villagers of Nigeria. “Turning and Turning in the widening gyre, The Falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things Fall Apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” –W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (Achebe, 2). The way the text is written one can compare it to how things are turning and falling apart, the story being told is not linear. It jumps from one moment to another in time while still moving forward. In a sense, it feels like the story is moving in a circular motion. Some important aspects of Nigerian life in “Things Fall Apart” appear to be based upon one’s ability to provide, to be fearless, strong and to hold customs and rituals above everything else. The book states that Okonkwo father “had taken no
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