Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

1557 Words Feb 29th, 2016 7 Pages
Chinua Achebe, author of Things Fall Apart, once said: “A man who makes trouble for others is also making troubles for himself”. This concept can be seen in the development of Okonkwo as a character throughout the book. Creating plenty of trouble for others, but ultimately creating the most trouble for himself is possibly the plot for the entire book. Generally, the creation of trouble is not a value that is appreciated in any culture, especially in Umuofia. Okonkwo breaks many of the boundaries and social norms within his culture; his tendency to be immature and unaccountable combined with being very self-concerned and the defiance of elders creates an interesting mix adjacent to the cultural standards.
Okonkwo rarely takes ownership for the various actions he commits that create a negative impact and instead attempts the cover them up, occasionally making the situation worse. In this case, he commits a vast majority of minor offences and a few major infringements. In other words, crimes against the earth. For instance, Okonkwo beats his wife. Typically this is not a taboo behavior, unless executed during peace week. The celebration of peace week is critical to the Igbo culture. This sacred week is in honor of Ani, the goddess of the earth. The Igbo people believe that Ani can determine the fate of the yams, one of the most essential crops to the survival of the culture and community. During this celebration, one of Okonkwo’s wives goes to plait her hair. Upon her return,…

More about Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

Open Document