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Postcolonial Novel

To fully understand Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart, one must not fall for the idea that there is one main purpose for the novel. Simply stated the story is much too rich and complex for that. The themes of Okonkwo’s life, and the Ibo culture, are twofold: it is the relation of the conflict between an individual and society, and also the description of the conflict between the larger forces of cultures clashing. Support for this dual thesis is overwhelming. To begin with the text itself demands that interpretation. Things Fall Apart clearly begins with a focus directly aimed upon the main character of Okonkwo. It is going to revolve around his life. However, at the very same time,…

Turning Point of My Life

Looking back on it, my life was pretty plain and clear. I have been living a simple and carefree life ever since I can remember thanks to the protection and cradling of my family, especially with the love from my father. I took everything for granted without realizing their importance. That was until 4 months ago when my father got a terrible disease called Stroke, he can leave the hospital now but he hasn’t fully recovered yet since then, and it was very devastating to my family. During the time my father was in the hospital, I was very scared and that made me think a lot about my life. Father has been a wall protecting me despite all my…