Things Fall Apart Analysis

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“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” (Angelou) The white missionaries coming to the igbo tribe really pushes the tribe’s unity to the limit. In Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart the Igbo tribe goes through many trials with change. Okonkwo is having an internal battle with himself while everything around is changing around him. Everyone he assumed wouldn’t change had adjusted their mind-set, and no one agrees with him in his violent approach to get rid of the white missionaries. The missionaries made everyone turn against what they knew and things fell apart. One major piece to this change was the religion. This new concept of another god and the compassion that comes with him, pulling in Nwoye…show more content…
This infuriated Okonkwo to be looked down upon and seen as a weakling. He then declares that they must kill the white men immediately. “[...] I shall fight alone if I choose” (Achebe 201). He then beheads a messenger of the white men, though no one tried to help him in his fight. In the realization that his beloved land Umuofia wouldn’t help him in his war, Okonkwo took his life in the most shameful way you could. Suicide. This was the moment all unity was broken for Okonkwo. This was rock bottom. Everything that he had worked so hard for was gone. It didn’t matter anymore because the tribes had lost unity, and hope. He had died just like his dad did, with much shame. The emotional depth after Okonkwo’s death wasn’t very deep. It was a sign of hopelessness and despair. The times were so tragic that they lacked any remanence of emotion. Although Things Fall Apart is technically fiction novel, Achebe captured the essence of disparity the two clashing communities had, trying to find a way to cope in this paramount time in history. The strength that the Igbo clan held, and the clans of Umuofia held close to them didn’t matter because with time, things fall

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