Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart
Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky wrote, “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody” (Change). Change is inevitable to people at least once in their lives. While change can be intimidating, change can be both positive and negative in different aspects. The title of “Things Fall Apart” suggests the change that is to occur through the story and that most things cannot last forever. Titles of any work of literature hold valuable significance towards the meaning and the interpretation of the work towards the readers. In Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” the story’s title applies to the main character, Okonkwo, and his entire society.
Through the tale in “Things Fall Apart”, the readers follow the story of Okonkwo as he resides in his village, in his culture and to his death. The title of “Things Fall Apart” means has several meanings to be applied to the overall story. “Things Fall Apart” has several aspects to the title that allow for multiple interpretations of what the title will foreshadow about the story. If taken literally, the title suggest that things do fall apart, even when no one wants it to. The entire story follows Okonkwo until the end of his life and with his entire life falling apart as well. Like how the title suggests, Achebe used the title of the poem to add a hint of foreshadowing of what is to come in the story. By having that title, the readers can infer that whatever is stable in the

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