Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart Book Critique
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a historical fiction novel describing the life of Okonkwo in a Nigerian village succumbing to European ways, in order to portray Achebe’s view on imperialism. It was chosen for us to read by our teacher because it describes imperialism and its effects in an Ibo village of Nigeria. It also shows the treatment of natives by the Europeans and how the natives reacted. Things Fall Apart is useful to our course of studies because it helps us better understand the unit we are learning and give us a superior, in-depth view of imperialism in Africa. It is a good representation of our current unit because it clearly shows how countries in Africa were ill-treated and eaten up by European countries during the age of imperialism. It shows how countries lost their valuable traditions and ways of life to European culture and how they were left devastated, and negatively affected by imperialism. The novel also holds additional practical information such as how the Africans were not uncivilized people as the imperialists had claimed them to be, but their ways were just different than the western ways.
Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart to show what he thought of imperialism, as well as to communicate Africa’s perspective on European imperialism rather than the European point of view: “In 1958, Achebe responded with his own novel… which was one of the first books to tell the story of European colonization from an African
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