Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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As of 2014, there is an estimated 4,200 different religions globally, yet each has it’s own unique traditions. By utilizing tradition a culture further establishes it’s own identity. Therefore, Gods and rituals may be deemed as the passages that can separate one group of people from another. Through storytelling, personal involvement, and literary works, many traditions were passed down from generation to generation. A sense of tradition often determines the success of a civilization and without it their societies often fall. Chinua Achebe’s novel is imbedded with examples of tradition and rituals. In the novel Things Fall Apart, religion controls the mind and their ideals, as people desperately rush to seize control through beliefs. In…show more content…
Much of their work was required in the agricultural field, so women often grew small crops. Crops such as coco-yams and beans were produced because they were considered “woman crops”. A notable example is according to the National Industrial Studies, “ women became more susceptible to hard labor during the industrial revolution. The created new age of evolution sparked the flame for a global success change.”. While having multiple wives and rankings displayed a clansmen status in society, it further illustrates the importance of the patriarchal society the Igbo people live in. However, women adapted to their circumstances and still found a way to provide for their families just like the men. Through the polygamous marriage, social status determined the success of a man and deemed them superior to the women.

Another common belief in Umuofia is polytheism, which is the worship or belief in many gods. Included in their practice of polytheism is their inner chi, or personal god. The author Achebe states, "A man could not rise beyond the destiny of his chi". The author goes on to say, "Unoka was an ill-fated man. He had a bad chi, or personal god, and evil fortune followed him to the grave..." (18). For instance, Achebe demonstrates that this is a god of great importance that foretells one 's future. In Umuofian culture, it is customary to make sacrifices to the gods, like Unoka in Achebe 's novel. Many of

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