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Things Fall Apart : Themes In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Have you ever felt that your parents are too stringent or too demanding? Imagine being in a society where you are assigned a role in society the moment you are born. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, characterization is used to demonstrate a parent's refusal to change old tradition causes a lost on kinship with their children. A parent’s refusal is shown in many different ways, main one being a parent’s set expectations and lack of benevolence. This is first demonstrated when Okonkwo’s son, Nwoye, betrayed the clan by joining the Christians. Nwoye’s attraction is described as “not the mad logic of the trinity that captivated him. He did not understand it. It was the poetry of the new religion, something felt in the marrow” (Achebe, 147). The phrase “mad logic” demonstrates the lost of Nwoye’s basic common sense. Mad logic is associated with craziness and insanity. Therefore, Nwoye shows that he has gone to the point where he has been attracted to the crazy and illogical. Then, the word “poetry” is used to describe Nwoye’s deep understanding of this unheard of religion. Poetry is commonly associated with ideas of unseen meaning and deep ideas. Which in turn, demonstrate Nwoye’s immediate conviction and weak resistance towards something that was just introduced. Okonkwo states his disappointment in Nwoye again, when he tells Obierika, “At his age I was already fending for myself. No, my friend, he is not too young. A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted
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