Things Fall Apart

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Perception is reality. This quote, like so many others, seems to oversimplify life and how complicated it can be. When viewing it more closely, however, it is easy to see that although simple, it is also broad enough to be applicable to many situations. This is where we see Okonkwo from Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart struggle. Okonkwo’s perception of masculinity leads to him creating a rigid sense of right and wrong that honors those who agree with him, but shuns those who do not. Eventually, Okonkwo’s actions push his son, Nwoye, away, and help Chrisianity take hold in the village, destroying the cultural traditions in the process. The disillusionment of Nwoye was not a one step process. In fact, it took many years for the tension between the father and son to come to a head. While this process took many years, there are landmark events that can reveal how Okonkwo’s ways would eventually push the boy away. A clear example of this divide is after Okonkwo, against the advice of kinsmen and elders, takes part in the killing of Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna’s death was a great blow to all in the clan and family, but affected Nwoye the most. He was described as “something seemed to give way inside him, like the snapping of a tight bow. He did not cry. He just hung limp” (Achebe, 1994, p.61). This snapping coincides with a feeling he had when he heard discarded twins crying for the first time, a sign that Nwoye has begun to question certain Igbo practices that result in murder and pain. Okonkwo’s actions only further the emotional pain Nwoye feels in relation to certain Igbo traditions. 1. Topic sentence 2. Evidence 3. Explanation of how the evidence ties to the thesis (Conclusion: should be a restatement of the thesis, but should also demonstrate a new understanding of the topic discussed.) Clearly, rigid opinions can lead to problems. That Okonkwo is so locked into

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