Things Fall Apart. By Chinua Achebe Adapted from: mrscasselwiki.wikispaces.com. Chinua Achebe is one of the most well-known contemporary African writers. Born 1930. Many of his novels and short stories feature characters who are members of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. Map of Africa. .
By Chinua Achebe
Adapted from: mrscasselwiki.wikispaces.com
Many of his novels and short stories feature characters who are members of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria.
Published in 1959,Things Fall Apart deals with the clash of cultures and the violent transitions in life and values brought about by British colonialism in Nigeria in late 1800s.
The novel recounts the life of the village hero Okonkwo and describes the arrival of white missionaries in Nigeria and their impact on traditional Igbo society during the late 1800s.
Things Fall Apart includes Ibo words and phrases, proverbs, fables, tales, and other elements of African oral and communal storytelling traditions.
The society’s order is disrupted, however, with the appearance of the white man in Africa and with the introduction of the Europeans’ religion (Christianity).
"The conflict of the novel, shown in Okonkwo, derives from the series of crushing blows which are leveled at traditional values by an alien and more powerful culture causing, in the end, the traditional society to fall apart" (G.D. Killam).
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