Things Fall Apart Analysis

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In the Novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe provides readers with a deeper understanding of the African Culture by telling a story of Okonkwo and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a well-known man in Umuofia and the other villages due to his young tributes as a wrestler. In an attempt to not be in any way similar to his father Unoka, a very lazy and unsuccessful man, he pushes himself to be one of the most hardworking men in the village. He later then manages to become a very successful wealthy farmer with three wives and ten children. Although Okonkwo is a successful man, his arrogance and harshness drive him to make bad decisions in life. For instance, he beats up his wives, participates in the death of Ikemefuna(the boy given up as a sacrifice), and refuses to acknowledge Nwoye(his oldest son) after he changes religions. As can be seen, masculinity plays a huge role in the actions and beliefs of Okonkwo, much like the masculinity in American culture. "The story of Okonkwo is in a way the story of our culture; he pays a price because he places too much emphasis on strength and manliness." This quote has a significant connection with the central theme in the novel because since Okonkwo is the head of the household he feels as if he is more superior to women, specifically to his wives. Men in the Igbo culture tend to have women stay at home, do chores, and take care of the children while they work and provide money. Since Okonkwo is the only one providing the money in the

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