Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart Analysis Paper Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe is about a man named Okonkwo, a respected leader in the Ibo tribe of Umuofia who lives his whole life in fear of becoming his father – a man known for his laziness. Throughout his life, Okonkwo tries his best to be the complete opposite of his father. From an early age, he builds his home and reputation as a talented wrestler and hard-working farmer. The author of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe uses irony to highlight important themes and parts of the novel, which may not seem so clear to the reader until the end of the novel when things for the Ibo tribe actually do really fall apart. For example, Okonkwo a once respected and influential man ended up hanging himself. This is ironic due to the fact that in the beginning of the novel Okonkwo said, “Since I survived that year, I shall survive anything.” (talking about the year of bad crops). Obviously he was wrong about that considering he ended his own life at the end of the novel showing that in fact he could not survive anything, including the falling of the Ibo clan and his realization of being alone in his wish for war with the white missionaries and government. Likewise, Okonkwo never wanting to replicate his father, which he spent his whole life trying to prove, ended up being buried in the Evil Forest, the exact place his father was sent when he died. When things became rough for Okonkwo he decided to give up on life, which is something his father may have done. Therefore ironically, Okonkwo turned out somewhat just like his poor, lazy father. On the other hand, Chinua Achebe also used plot twists to highlight important themes and parts of the novel such as when Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna, a 15 year-old boy who was sent from Mbaino, a neighboring village, to live with Okonkwo’s family. During the

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