Essay on Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

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Post colonialism deals with cultural identity in colonized societies and the ways in which writers articulate that identity. Things Fall Apart is a good novel that serves as a reminder of what Nigeria once was. It shows how a society can deal with change, how change affects the individuals of that society, and how delicate a change can be; so much so that the people themselves are surprised at the change.

Things Fall Apart is an English novel by the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe which was published in 1957. Throughout the book the role of customs and traditions is very important and decides the fate of men, women, and children. Some of the customs practiced in this culture would certainly be frowned upon in the West yet are perfectly
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In these seven years, he hears of the destruction of the village of Abame by the white men because the natives there had killed a white man. This part also introduces the missionaries into the lives of the people with particular reference to their interest of converting people into their religion. Finally, there is the farewell feast that Okonkwo arranges for the whole village before he returns to his own village after his seven years of exile.

The third part deals with Okonkwo returning to his village and his disappointment at the lack of interest in his arrival. Many things have changed during these seven years. The village has virtually ‘fallen apart’ with the entry of the white men who have brought about a lot of changes in the village. They have brought in a new government and many villagers have converted to the new religion (Christianity), including Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son. Trade has also been established. The last two chapters’ deals with the terrible treatment meted out to the leaders of the tribe by the District Commissioner. His actions impel Okonkwo to behead one of their messengers and after finding that his action has no support from the tribe, Okonkwo is compelled to take his own life. Even at this last stage of his life, his fellow clan members do not bury him since he has desecrated the land of the Goddess Ani, by taking his own life.
The author at the end of the novel criticizes the British for their lack of sensitivity and at the same

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