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Book Report: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Transcript of Book Report: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart
Book Report by Cleo Hellersberg:
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
: time it took place
Igbo society complexity
struggle between change and tradition
Thank you for your attention.
Things Fall Apart
Type of work:
postcolonial critique; tragedy
1st Anchor Books Edition (209 pages)
: time it was written
: Achebe was born
Albert Chinuamaluga Achebe
Born in Nigeria in 1930
Traditional Igbo family
exception: father converted to Christianity
"The crossroads of culture,"
Colonization of Africa
Berlin Conference of 1885
No slavery ->
rich in palm trees
-> perfect to put three Cs in practice
claimed by British Empire
Africa: process of
What should Africa's future look like?
Okonkwo defeats Amalinze the Cat
Okonkwo breaks the Week of Peace
Ikemefuna's tragic fate
Okonkwo in exile
Nwoye converts to Christianity
Things Fall Apart
introduction to: order, belief, competition, struggle, stories passed down by elders
importance of tradition and respect
"rules his household with a heavy hand"
fear of femininity = weakness
"He was afraid of
being thought weak
Ikemefuna was killed by Okonkwo himself
killing a clansmember = crime
= female murder
"As the elders said, if one finger brought oil it soiled the others."
Okonkwo tries to control his son with violence
"Okonkwo's eyes were opened and he saw the whole matter clearly. Living fire begets cold, impotent ash."
Okonkwo's eyes did not actually get opened!
Okonkwo beheads one of the messengers
"He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape."
things actually fall apart
Quotes by the District Commissioner
"The pacification of the primitives of the lower Niger"
loss of humanity
"to see human beings as human beings"
NOT just a paragraph
more than just good vs. evil
hard to understand (structure)
"Igbo people say, if you want to see it well, you must not stand in one place."
- Chinua Achebe
"climb into [other people's] skin"
- Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird)
"The Danger of a Single Story"
- Chimamanda Adichie
Map of Nigeria
"see human beings as human beings"
native language or language of former colonizer?
Achebe incorporates Igbo words, speech rhythms, methaphors and proverbs
outsiders can finally relate
book: Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
information about the historical context
to show pre-colonial Igboland & colonial Igboland
"retell the story of my encounter with Europe in a way acceptable to me"
"Okonkwo was ruled by one passion - to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness."
"in the many years in which he had toiled to bring civilization to different parts of Africa."
"Perhaps not a chapter, but a reasonable paragraph."