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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_acheb es.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>.