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Finding Meaning & Value in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Mind Map: Argument Analysis

tarsha palmer

on 19 December 2012

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Transcript of Finding Meaning & Value in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Tarsha Palmer
Taj Estep Mind Map Of Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe The speaker of the Things Fall Apart was Chinua
Achebe. Achebe was born November 16, 1930 raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi. In the novel Things Fall Apart Achebe audiences were outsiders to Africa, people who have never been to Africa, and most importantly people who mislead false stories about Africa. In the story, The Oracle of the Hills decides to kill Ikemfuna. They wanted Okonkwo to have no part in the death since the boy called him father. Okonkwo decided that it was his responsibility to kill his son. The main character, Okonkwo, was a strong man. He portrayed his masculinity. Evidence in the novel to support this claim of masculinity was shown in his rejection of his father's cowardliness, gentleness and laziness. Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria and has
written many books which makes his credibility
as a speaker strong.
We believe Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart to
shine light on Africa's dark, false history and to expose people to the countries customs and social institution.
It is said that Achebe wrote this novel as a response to European writing about Africa. He was not happy
with the way Africans were portrayed in those novels. He looked for a way to show the world the richness of African culture and in doing so, give people a voice in the global society. How People From Africa Are STILL Treated Today Yes, Things Fall Apart is a perfect example of how a fictional text can be a non fiction argument. Achebe uses Igbo culture and language to convey his argument. He uses Oknokwo and his family to stand for many families in Nigeria at this time, he adds real customs and traditions to the story to make it more believable. The family depicted life in Africa, Not what is portrayed, violence and killing but families living, working, praying, together. Marriages and funerals. Work Cited In the book, Achebe shows family life through Onkwonko and his family. They were very religious , believed in many gods and looked upon their god in times of need. Everyone had their own chi or personal god People confined in The Oracle of the Hills and Caves and the Agbala proclaimed the will of the god there to those who sought the god. These actions made the audiences feel applauded because he was forced to kill his own son in order to abide by the Oracle. This also shows how loyal and respectful the people in Umuofia are to there gods.How willing they are that they will go above and beyond to obey and make them happy. Power and authority were the most important characteristics of a man and this power was often displayed with violence and aggression. Okonkwo would beat his wives and his loved ones and in his mind this was a good expression of manliness. In the first chapter, Achebe says "He had no patience for unsuccessful men. He had no patience with his father." Okonkwo believed that bravery, courage and sometimes aggression were the key components of masculinity. http://www.bookrags.com/essay 2005/4/5/20254/01707/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epJo_ic_wd http://www.wmich.edu/dialogues/texts/thingsfallapart.html Things Fall Apart
By:Chinua Achebe REAL-WORLD CONNECTIONS Okonkwo beats his wife Around the world, at least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime New Yam Festival thanksgiving family come from all over gather and eat dinner together The BIG Question Can a fictional story ever be a non-fiction argument? http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/ www.youtube.com "Chukwu is Supreme"
"Chuckwu is a loving Father and need to be feared by those who do his will. People in today worlds who worship god think he is the ultimate ruler and they are afraid of doing bad by him.
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