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Things Fall Apart. Presenters: Hilary Deuser, Shelby Ritchie, and Sam Watkins. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. November 16, 1930: Born in Ogidi, Nigeria to Isaiah Okafo and Janet N. Achebe. September 10, 1961: Married Christie Chinwe Okoli. Four children Parents were devout Protestants.

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Things fall apart

Things Fall Apart

Presenters: Hilary Deuser, Shelby Ritchie, and Sam Watkins


Albert chinualumogu achebe

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe

  • November 16, 1930: Born in Ogidi, Nigeria to Isaiah Okafo and Janet N. Achebe.

  • September 10, 1961: Married Christie Chinwe Okoli.

  • Four children

  • Parents were devout Protestants.

  • Christened him after Prince Albert.

  • Paralyzed from waist down in 1990.


Achebe

Achebe

  • Attended Government College

  • Founder of new literature.

  • The finest of the Nigerian novelists.

  • Among the best novelists now writing in the English language.

  • Able to avoid imitating the trends in English literature.


Achebe1

Achebe

  • Believes any good story should have a message.

  • Feel for African context influence him.

  • First Nigerian writer to successfully transmute the conventions of the novel into African literature.


Ibo background

Ibo Background

  • SE Nigeria

  • 1900-Protectorate of Southern Nigeria

  • Independence from Britain – 1960

  • Republic of Biafra – 1967

  • Civil War – thousands killed


Ibo culture

Language

Niger-Congo

Kwa

Holidays

Family Life

Food

Employment

Ibo Culture


Impact of the europeans

Laws and trials

Rituals

Marriage

Food

Leadership

Social status

Impact of the Europeans


Beliefs

Beliefs

  • Chukwu

  • Chi

  • Minor Gods

  • Mmo and Egwugwu


Beliefs1

Beliefs

  • Titles

  • Marriage

    • Uri

    • Isa-ifi

  • Religion


Okonkwo

Okonkwo

  • Leader

  • Fear of weakness

  • Tragic hero

  • “manly” vs. “unmanly”


Themes

Themes

  • Masculinity

  • Fate and Freewill

  • Tribal belief

  • Fear

  • Social Disintegration

  • Struggle between change and tradition


Role of women

Role of Women

  • Perceived as weak lesser people.

  • Sadly oppressed with no power.

  • Terribly mistreated and beaten.

  • No respect outside of role as mother or wife.

  • Played an inferior role in society.

  • Priestess


Title

Title

  • “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats

  • Chaos brought by European/Christian invasion

  • Change


Title1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT3mxK-oVgU

Title

“Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.”


Commentary

Commentary

  • Why is it important?

    • World is changing

    • Learn to adapt

    • Need to adapt to survive

  • What makes it good literature?

    • Style-tragedy

    • Subject

  • How successful was Achebe in breaking the stereotype?

    • Gave African Americans a voice


Works cited

Works Cited

  • “Background on the Ibo (historically Igbo) Culture.”4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.monge.net/thingsfallapart/Igbo%20Background.html>.

  • “Chinua Achebe (1930).”2002.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/achebe.htm>.

  • “Chinua Achebe’s Biography and Style.”4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg/post/achebe/achebebio.html>.

  • Hiatt, Kimberly.”The Role of Women in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.”5 June 2006.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.assaciatedcontent.com/article/35752/the_role_of_women_in_chinua_achebes.html?cat=4>.

  • “Igbo.”World Cultures.2008.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Igbo.html>.

  • Lystad, Robert A.“Ibo.”Encyclpedia Americana.2001.

  • “Major Themes.”GradeSaver.2008.5 Nov. 2008.<http://www.gradesaver.com/classicnotes/titles/things/themes.html>.

  • Papers on Things Fall Apart and European Influence and similar term paper topics.”AcaDemon.7 Nov. 2008.<http://www.academon.com/lib/paper/100780.html>.

  • “Things Fall Apart.”Sparknotes.2008.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/canalysis.html>.

  • “Things Fall Apart.”Sparknotes.2008.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/themes.html>.

  • “Title: Things Fall Apart.”2008.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.cheathouse.com/essay/essay_view.php?p_essay_id=68927>.

  • “What is the Origin of the Term Things Fall Apart?”WiseGeek.2008.4 Nov. 2008.<http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-origin-of-the-term-things-fall-apart.html>.


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