Things Fall Apart, Animal Farm, And Frankenstein, By Chinua Achebe

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Some of the main characters from the novels Things Fall Apart , Animal Farm, and Frankenstein are all shaped and changed to be who they are as a result of different moments in life. Some people are nurtured by society and the way that everyone else wants them to be. Some people are changed by cause of something that happens internally. Others encounter people, tasks, or cultures, and that encounter is what changes them. In the summer reading novels, characters: Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart, Napoleon from Animal Farm, and Victor from Frankenstein are all nurtured and changed because of the world around them. In the novel Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe, the character Okonkwo is nurtured to become who he is due to a person from his past, his father. The novel states, “When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavily in debt. Any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashamed of him” (Chinua Achebe 8). This lets the reader know that Okonkwo’s father was never a man of honor and that Okonkwo did not want anything to do with him and that he did not want to be like him. The novel later states, “Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these… It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father” (Chinua Achebe 13). This again shows that Okonkwo's entire lifestyle is formed around his dislike for his father. This dislike for his father affects the work as a whole by showing the reader that it nurtured him from birth until he died, so that he

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