Things Fall Apart Essay
By Derek MacDougal
The book "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe is about a society that goes through some very large changes when a new group of people are introduced into the area. The main character Okonkwo goes through major changes throughout the book when the society does. He tries to change so he can stop these ideas from spreading and then tries to change to fit them when he realizes there is no stopping them. Okonkwo cannot affect these changes for better or for worse he does not affect them; they are a freight train while Okonkwo's ideas are a car parked on the tracks.
The Story talks about the changes in his life that affects who he is. Okonkwo grew up in a society where he was known as the strongest man in the nation. He was known as this after he beat Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match. Amalinze was a great wrestler who in seven years was unbeaten. He was called the cat because his back never touched the ground. Okonkwo, after this feat, was famous. His fame spread across the land to where everyone knew him. Later, during the Week of Peace, he beat his wife and the whole family was looked down upon, and he had to rejuvenate his reputation. Then One of Okonkwos friend tell him that his son, Ikefuma, has to be killed. Once he is killed Okonkwo goes into deep depression. The friend who told him about how his son had to die later dies, and at his funeral Okonkwos gun explodes killing another man at the funeral and Okonkwos family is exiled for 7 years because of that. During his exile his village is visited by the white man who have destroyed so many villages before them. But they have no intent of destroying this village. They plan to convert the entire village to Christianity. Okonkwo does not agree with the new religions ideas because he does not think the are manly enough. His resistance of cultural change is also due to his fear of losing his societal status. In the Christian society anyone can obtain a status,...