Things Fall Apart Essay

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Jamie Hannold Postcolonial Literature Essay #1 2/4/11 Things Fall Apart These past few weeks, the class has been reading Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe as our first reading assignment. I did not know what to expect from the book, but as I kept reading it really started to grow on me. There were some interesting parts and some parts were you had to wonder why they had that custom or belief. The book is about a man named Okonkwo who lives with the Umuofia clan in the village of Iguedo. When Okonkwo was young he did not like his father. His father, Unoka, was not successful, he held no title and owed his neighbors a lot of debts. Okonkwo saw his father as a failure. At a young age Okonkwo was able to bring his village honor by beating Amalinze the Cat. Amalinze was a wrestler who had been undefeated for seven years until Okonkwo had beaten him. After Okonkwo has started his own family and made a reputation for himself, a new member is added to his family. Ikemefuna is a young boy brought to Umuofia after an Umuofian wife is killed in the market of Mbaino it is requested that a virgin female and a young man be brought from Mbaino. The virgin replaces the murdered wife but the elders do not know what to do with Ikemefuna. It is decided that Ikemefuna will live with Okonkwo until they decide his future. For three years Ikemefuna stays with Okonkwo and his family. While Ikemefuna is living in Umuofia he is very well liked and starts to feel at home with Okonkwo. After three years the elders have decided that Ikemefuna shall be killed. Okonkwo is not pleased with the decision but he will not disobey the elders. The death of Ikemefuna brings Okonkwo into a depression. Now that Ikemefuna is gone Okonkwo has a daughter named Ezinma who he wishes had been a boy. Meanwhile Okonkwo visits Obierika and he invites him to stay when his daughter’s suitors come to

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