Things Fall Apart

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Contents Introduction Chronology 11 14 Chapter 1: Background on Chinua Achebe 1. The Life of Chinua Achebe G.D. Killam In writing his seminal novel about Africa, Chinua Achebe established himself as the most prominent African writer of his generation. In all his work, Achebe has focused on dispelling the idealized images of his own people and depicting them as they live in the real world. 19 2. Chinua Achebe’s Philosophy of Fiction Jerome Brooks, interviewing Chinua Achebe Achebe recounts in an interview that his first attraction to the art of storytelling was a result of the stories told in his home as a child. He soon realized that many of the stories in books were derogatory and did not depict the Igbo and other African peoples accurately, and he set out to change that. 29 3. Achebe Feels a Special Commitment as an African Writer Romanus Okey Muoneke Achebe’s Igbo heritage informs his commitment to the belief that art is a communal celebration of life. To him, art and society are indivisible, which is the African tradition. Unlike writers in European communities, the African artist is accountable to the community. Achebe is further influenced by the fact that African writers believe it is their mission to change their society through education. 37 Chapter 2: Things Fall Apart and Colonialism 1. Okonkwo’s Actions Foreshadow Colonialism’s Impact on Traditional Values Christopher Heywood 47 Even before the colonial rule directly impacts Okonkwo’s world, he betrays African and Igbo tradition in beliefs such as the hatred of his father’s way of life. Okonkwo becomes increasingly alienated from the beliefs that are the signature of his culture. 2. Okonkwo’s Loss of Identity Parallels the Experience of Colonized Africans Ifeoma Onyemelukwe As a result of his own actions, Okonkwo loses his personal identity as a member of his society. His
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