Things Fall Apart Fear

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In Ibo culture, the men rule with ultimate power and strength, over their wives, community, and their families. When the Christian missionaries threaten the culture of the Ibo people, the fear that dominates the community is displayed in how they treat the visitors. The civilians are subject to constant fear of destruction of culture, and they gain revenge over the missionaries by inflicting this terror on them. In Chinua Achebe’s historical fiction novel Things Fall Apart, Achebe develops the theme that fear is dangerous to relationships through imagery and motifs of strength and power. Achebe develops the theme through imagery. The fear of the environment, and the forest surrounding the village is “malevolent red in tooth and claw”.

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