Things Fall Apart

818 WordsOct 24, 20074 Pages
English oral presentation Cultural strengths of the Ibo society before the invasion of the colons. The novel "Things fall apart" by Chinua Achebe describes the social and cultural traits of a culture based on the principles of labor and masculinity, conformity and kinship and finally on solid juridical system. The worth of a man was measured by his strength and the amount of work he could accomplish and how efficiently feed his family, the concepts of masculinity is strictly related with the idea of labor as something of great importance that distinguished the role of a man from what was considered the worthless role of the woman. "Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams for one harvest to another was a…show more content…
Once again this recalls the idea of a modern democracy, a political system where like in Umofia "many other man"p.10 can freely speak. This is not although a individualistic society but all the man of the tribe contribute together to build the unique identity of Umofia, that identity and integrity that in many parts of the book is shouted as "Umofia Kwenu" . Justice is another powerful preoccupation of the novel. For the Igbo, justice and fairness are matters of great importance. They have complex social institutions that administer justice in fair and rational ways: "Our duty is not to blame this man or to praise that, but to settle the dispute"p93 The juxtaposition between the words blame and praise underlines the true function of the Ibo 's legislation, that is to make decision only once "both the side of the case" have been heard and analyzed because even thought "your words are good…..his words might also be good"p91. Furthermore the Ibo had a strict and incorruptible legislation, when Okonkwo blinded by hanger beats one of his wives in the week of peace even thought he his one of the most respected and powerful man in the clan he still has to pay for his mistake because the evil he had done could have Those concepts are again the basement on which modern juridical action should be

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