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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart Essay The Story is set in Nigeria, around the Early 1900s. The story starts slightly before the European Colonization Era, It tells the story of Okonkwo, a very strong man who lives in the Igbo Tribe. On the outside, he appears very brave and masculine, but on the inside, he is a man with much insecurity. His biggest fear is become weak or showing any signs of feminism, which in this society is one of the worst things to be. Part I – Pre Colonization In Part I, We learn the story of his father Unoka. He was a complete bum to say the least. He never paid off any of his debts and was just a lazy man. He dies 10 years before the story sets. Okonkwo is like the complete opposite of his father. He’s a successful Yam farmer with 3 wives and is actually able to support his family. One morning, the Umoufia clan announces that one of their daughters was murdered by the Mbaino. This drives Okonkwo to go to war with the other clan. However, they give Okonkwo a peace offering, a virgin girl and a boy, a 15 year old named Ikemefuna. Okonkwo grows attached to boy. Ikemefuna becomes like a bigger brother to Nwoye, one of Okonkwo sons. To Ikemefuna, Okonkwo slowly becomes his own father. During the Week of Peace, Okonkwo youngest wife leaves the house without cooking dinner, so he beats her. He is fined by the priest money and animals for his offense. The offense was not for beating his wife, but for beating her during the Week of Peace. Since then, 3 years
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