Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe the ideas of the Ibo tribe are greatly influenced. The main character, Okonkwo, does not embrace the cultural collision of the introduction of Western ideas into the Ibo tribe and the cultural collision leads to his tragic downfall. Before the Western influence was introduced, Okonkwo was a very confident and successful man who brought achievements to his tribe and himself by “throwing the Amalinze, the cat [the great wrestler who was unbeaten for seven years].” (Achebe 13) Okonkwo was also very manly and believed in not showing emotions like his father, Unoka. His father was very different from Okonkwo because he was known as “lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow.” (14) Throughout the novel Okonkwo had many experiences when he could not show weakness especially with Ikemfuna when “Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.” (65) In this novel Okonkwo focuses so much on not becoming like his father that he does these horible things with Ikemfuna and his wives also "ran madly into his room for the loaded gun, ran out and aimed at her [Ekwefi, the second wife] as she clambered over the dwarf wall of the barn" (45). Through all of these incidents he felt like he must show his manliness and power over the situations and he usually portrayed his power through violence. He was a great warrior and was respected throughout the nine villages but his temper

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