Things Fall Apart Rhetorical essay

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Things Fall Apart Rhetorical Analysis Essay By Saad Malhi The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe discusses the rise of an Igbo chieftain who came from great poverty to power and the eventual loss of Igbo traditions, rites, and the influence of his clan through his eyes due to western imperialism and colonialism. The intended audience for this novel is very broad, but if we tried to define it would primarily be people who have not experienced the Igbo culture and westerners or people who speak English. In this essay I will be focusing on the last six chapters: chapters 20 to 25. These chapters highlight the loss of power and customs of the Igbo people who have succumb to colonial rule. I fell Achebe is rhetorically effective and…show more content…
It also shows Okonkwo is trying to ready himself for the stark reality that he will have to start all over back from his humble beginnings. And this is no simple task but something which is very hard to do and in some cases very mentally taxing because it is hard not to look back to a better time. This is emotionally and rhetorically appealing because the audience can relate to when they have had their ups and downs or losses and start from scratch and relate to the feeling of losing a lot. It simply connects the reader emotionally to understand that Okonkwo due to his exile has suffered terribly. Another example of the use of pathos in the novel is when Okonkwo is found dead: Obierika, who had been gazing steadily at his friend's dangling body, turned suddenly to the District Commissioner and said ferociously: "That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself and now he will be buried like a dog..." He could not say any more. His voice trembled and choked his words. (Achebe 73) Here we can see the sadness and bitterness Obereika and the other Igbo felt after Okonkwo’s death. His quote shows the anger and resentment the Igbo feel and at the same time shows their helplessness. This quote is rhetorically effective and successfully uses pathos because it shows the Igbo despair and the destruction
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