Things Fall Apart Essay Topics

Trade in “Things Fall Apart”

“Things Fall Apart” The first novel by Chinua Achebe is a contemporary classic depicting a masculine- based society even before the British colonists arrived. The nature of the great extent of female oppression by men has been the subject of confused debate among the literary. The writers Ama Ata Aidoo of Ghana as well as… View Article

The Same Things Still Fall Apart

In his first acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart, one of Chinua Achebe’s many accomplishments is his uncompromisingly toughened rendering of Nigerian tribal life pre and post colonialism. The book was first published in 1958, which was just two years ahead before Nigeria declared independence from Great Britain; the book abstains from the obvious attraction of… View Article

Achebe, C. (1994). Things Fall Apart. New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc.

Achebe’s (1994) novel, Things Fall Apart, is a chronicle of societal change in the face of a colonial invasion. It describes the life of Okonkwo, a distinguished leader of a village in Nigeria. The rich, powerful, brave and intelligent man has worked hard to achieve his high status in his village. The village elders thus… View Article

A Conflicted Society

           In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe challenges the reader to actively engage in the analysis of issues raised throughout the text. Achebe brings the issue of tradition versus change to the forefront of Umuofian society for the reader to examine. Achebe shows the reader the gradual downfall of the main character, Okonkwo,… View Article

The main character in Things Fall Apart

Is Okonkwo a better man than his father? Why or why not? Were the Christian missionaries good men or not? Explain             The main character in Things Fall Apart is a man whose name is Okwonkwo. Okwonko’s father is Unoka. He is characterized as a lazy, with the burdens of unaccountable debts, and with no… View Article

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This is the story of Okonkwo, a renowned warrior and wrestler, who lives in the Ibo village of Umuofia in Nigeria, Africa. Respected by the elders of his clan, he hopes to become an elder himself someday. Due to his relationship with his father, Okonkwo has a hardened heart and thus, his actions throughout the… View Article

“Things Fall Apart” as well as West Africa and Sundiata (Sunjata)

In this essay I will be talking about the book “Things Fall Apart”, as well as West Africa and Sundiata (Sunjata).  I will look at the unique personal relationships among the people in West Africa, and how this affected the economy and trade, especially following the infiltration of the Europeans in 1450.  In analyzing the… View Article

Things Fall Apart: Nature and Culture in West Africa

Every society has elements that structure its culture which are customs, norms, and traditions. In addition to these structures, culture is also shaped by a society’s environment. In some regions, nature is the most significant factor of a culture’s identity. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the reader is given a glimpse… View Article

Postmodern Literature

“The Garden of Forking Paths,” by taking the form of a signed statement made by the main character of the story, Dr. Yu Tsun, has a specific instance that reverts back to the past which is the technique of flashback in postmodern literature. That precise instance is when Dr. Tsun reflects on his great ancestor,… View Article

Trade in “Things Fall apart”

In the novel “Things fall apart” by Chinua Achebe women are considred as a low in society, because as stated in the book, Okonkwo hated his father because of his being frail, weak and untitled. Those men who have no title are called agbala or “woman”. (Achebe 143)             Men are the hunters and farmers… View Article

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

After Chielo took Ezinma away, Okonkwo was not able to sleep. He made several trips to the cave before he finally found and joined Ekwefi waiting outside the cave. When Chielo came out of Agbala’s cave with Ezinma in the early morning hours, she ignored Okonkwo and Ekwefi and carried the sleeping Ezinma home to… View Article

English Written Task Rationale

This is a modern dummies guide is based on the text, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, and is based on the part 4 of the course; it explores the theme of Spirituality in the Igbo religion, ”Juju” in very specific details with mostly allusions to spirits. This section of the “Dummies Guide to Juju”,… View Article

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Analysis

In the book, Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, A man named Okwonko is desperate to avoid being what his father was like: lazy and undetermined. He is dominated by anger, fear, and impatience which get him in many situations. The tribe of Umoufia represents a civilization that is strictly based off male dominance…. View Article

Reflection of When Things Fall Apart

Pema Chodron should be considered a spiritual teacher for anyone. Whether they are aspiring to have one, they already have one or don’t desire one at all. In her book, When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron exposes the overwhelming potential for happiness, wisdom and courage. She explains how one can experience all of these even… View Article

Things Fall Apart Okonkwo’s Fears

Everyone shows fear. Fear can cause an unpleasant emotion due to someone or something being dangerous, painful, or a threat. Many main characters in novels show fear. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo, the main character, who struggles with fear and battles it to become stronger. Okonkwo struggles with fear of becoming like… View Article

Role of Violence

Violence is a common literary element present in both the books, Things Fall Apart and in Persepolis. The depiction of violence gives the story a different view and a negative image. In things fall apart, the depiction of violence is more as it defies the culture and the traditions of the Igbo people. They believe… View Article

English Written Task

Prescribed question: How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? Title of the text for analysis: Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe Part of the course to which the task refers: Part 3: Literature – text and context Key Points: • Define masculinity in Okonkwo’s viewpoint • Explore how Okonkwo never shows… View Article

Speech and racism in colonial literature

As Dennis Leary said, racism isn’t born, it is taught. Racism is a weapon able to denigrate and dehumanize people. “Racism has always been present in colonization especially soon after the Europeans colonized the New World, the idea of racial distinctions developed” (LaRocque). Still until today, the colonial attitude especially towards black people is due… View Article

Things Fall Apart and the Case Against Imperialism

1. Achebe begins the novel with an elaborate description of the central character Okonkwo. What do we learn about the values of Umuofians through this characterization? 2. Discuss Okonkwo as an Igbo heroic character: how does he work to achieve greatness as defined by his culture? How does he differ from Western heroes? What are… View Article

Comparing Diverse African Cultures

Throughout every culture there are many similar customs, however it is the personal experiences that make the cultures different and diverse. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main character Okonkwo lives in Umofia until the tribe exiles him for accidentally killing a man in his village. After seven years the people… View Article

No Longer at Ease

One of Chinua Achebe’s main socio-political criticisms in No Longer At Easeis that of corruption in Nigeria. From the moment the book begins the main character, Obi Okonkwo, is confronted with the issue of bribery. From the moment he arrives at customs to the point at where he gives in to taking bribes himself, the… View Article

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Summary: Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe explores the coming of the white man and its effects on the culture of the people of Umuofia. The coming of the white man brought about culture conflict which affects the people of Umuofia’s religion, their agriculture, their judicial system and their social life. The coming of… View Article

Masculinity: Slavery in the United States

Things Fall Apart was written in the 1890s, when whites went to Nigeria. The novel shows the clash between the white’s and the culture of the Igbo people. The novel is about a man named Okonkwo, and his growth for respect, fortune and power which in the end leads to his expected death. His great… View Article

Things Fall Apart

Umofia is a place where people have a different life style then there is in a modern society. People in Umofia are both civilized and savage at the same time. There are both of the civilized and savage sides of the society but mostly they are old-fashion minded. For example, in Ibo society they do… View Article

Things Fall Apart Essay on Traditions and Beliefs

There are a lot of reasons why traditions and beliefs play a part in everyone’s life. There is a large roll for them in the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. The rolls of the traditions and beliefs can decide the fate of everyone and are important to the way of life in the… View Article

Things Fall Apart: The Downfall of Okonkwo

In _Things Fall Apart_ by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo has always feared the fate that plagued his father. Luckily for Okonkwo, he has the determination and will to overcome the foreseeable future that his father has laid before him. This novel tells the story of a character that is intertwined with intrinsic uncertainties which ultimately leads… View Article

Things Fall Apart Essay: Okonkwo the tragic hero

A tragic hero is someone of superior qualities and status, who suffers a reversal of fortune due to major character flaws. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays his own characterization of a tragic hero through Okonkwo, the main character. Like typical tragic heroes in other literature, he suffers a terrible death in the… View Article

The fall of Umuofia in “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

Christianity, in its entirety, is the largest religion in the world and continues to seek converts everyday. In Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart, Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith play the role of white missionaries who share that exact goal: to convert the natives of Umoufia into Christianity. However, the strict and uncompromising methods of Mr…. View Article