Things Fall Apart Portfolio

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Chinua Achebe wrote the novel Things Fall Apart in which the title does fit the plot of the story very well. Achebe wrote this story with the mindset of letting others know what happened to his civilization. The title Things Fall Apart fits the novel because of the structure of the Nigerian society at the beginning of the story, to the end of the story. In the novel Achebe shows that Nigeria is a civilization of respect. The children and wives are submissive to their fathers and husbands. “No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and children (and especially his women) he was not really a man." –Achebe page 45-46. Nigeria was a place that had disputes only within Nigeria that only involved its people. These disputes did not last long and the people were once again cooperative and working together. Achebe shows the importance of the beliefs and philosophy of the Nigerians. When the Christians com in to take over and convert the Nigerian people, it is not as successful as the Christians would like. The Nigerian people create conflict with the Christians. The people of Nigeria begin to fight themselves and create even bigger problems within Nigeria. These disputes could have been avoided, but the people did not see this as a minor subject. The missionaries that approached Nigeria encountered many people who deeply believed in the religion that they practiced. Therefore; it was not only had to get the people to convert, but it was a hassle to live amongst those people. The people felt that Christianity was a threat to their society and their people. This is shown in the text when Achebe writes, "The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that
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