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Things Fall Apart Theme Themes

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Things Fall Apart
The novel, Things Fall Apart, is written by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe and published by William Heinemann in 1958. The author, Chinua Achebe, is a Nigerian writer born on November 16th, 1930 in Igbo village in Ogidi, opened to a mix of traditionalism as well as Christian influence. He was accepted into the most reputable Government College in Umuahia in 1944, later on he married Christie Okoli in 1961 and had four children. Achebe was presented the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 for his literary profession and was called the ‘father of modern African literature,’ he then died after a brief illness in 2013. One of the main themes of the novel are respect and reputation which is based on men acquiring reputation through daring battles, ability at wrestling, and rigid work. Fear is another theme where many of the
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Okonkwo overcompensates by working tirelessly on his farm and taking every chance obtainable to prove his courage and power. Another important theme is fear where Okonkwo fears becoming like his father, Ekwefi, who fears losing his daughter, and Nwoye fears his father’s anger. Family is also a significant them in the novel, for the Igbo, there are a few main ideas that shape the foundation of an ideal family; common respect for each other and all past fathers as well as unity. The main message in the novel is that the Igbo are not the fierce cruel tribesmen people assume them to be, but rather people who protect each other, live together, and have a powerful community. Unlike other works in this genre such as ‘Macbeth’ the title ‘Things Fall Apart’ foreshadows the tragedy which takes place at the end of the novel, where a book about things falling apart cannot have a happy ending. The novel portrays the tragedy of an individual as well as the tragedy of a
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