Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

1365 Words Nov 17th, 2014 6 Pages
“Things Fall Apart”, written by Chinua Achebe in 1958, is a book about the changes that occur to the central character Okonkwo and the Ibo culture, and the way these changes like colonisation affect the characters’ identity. Tony Harrison’s poems, such as “Them and [Uz]”, “Breaking the Chain”, “Me Tarzan”, “Book Ends”, “Currants”, and “Bringing Up” were written in 1940-1960 and they explore Harrison’s identity as an educated writer from a working class family. “Frankenstein”, which was written by Mary Shelley in 1818, portrays Frankenstein’s and his monstrous creation’s search for identity and the conflicts caused by it. All three texts explore the individual search for identity. However, the styles and techniques that each text uses to present this concept differ in many ways.
All three texts explore how a person’s identity is formed due to the influences of their families. In “Things Fall Apart” and Tony Harrison’s poetry, the influence of fathers on their sons is particularly prevalent. In “Things Fall Apart”, part of Okonkwo’s identity is derived from his desire to separate himself from his father. Okonkwo “had no patience with unsuccessful men”, but his father, Unoka, “owned every neighbour some money”. Since Okonkwo “resented his father’s failure and weakness”, he set up his own standard to live up to and forced himself to conform to his own idea of strength and greatness, which contrasts with Unoka’s peace-loving ideas. Achebe uses the juxtaposition “Okonkwo…

More about Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

Open Document