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3 Stages of Things Fall Apart
Transcript of 3 Stages of Things Fall Apart
First Division: First Example
Second Division: First Example
"The missionaries had come to Umofia...and the new faith was a mad dog that had come up to eat it." (pg 143)
Third Division: First Example
"Okonkwo knew these things...he would return with a flourish, and regain the seven wasted years." (pg 171)
In conclusion, these three divisions are the turning points of Okonkwo's character. These lead to his fate or free will.
One of the main conflicts in Things Fall Apart is the clash between Okonkwo’s determination to succeed and fate
He chooses to kill Ikemefuna with his own hands, he chooses to kill a government official, and in the end, he chooses to take his own life
Reflects the protagonist because from an early age, Okonkwo builds his home and reputation as a skilled wrestler and hard-working farmer. He does all he can to not be like his dad.
This moves towards and illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society because it represents how tradition was once very important, but then the British took that away later on in the novel
First Division: Second Example
Composed of three parts
Throughout the course of this novel, there are many different changes; these changes reflect the changes of the life of Okonkwo
Symbolizes the collapse of the Igbo society as well
"Okonkwo's gun had exploded and a piece had pierced the boys heart...it was a little village called Mbanta, just beyond the borders of Mbaino." (pg 124)
reflects the part of Okonwos life when he has to move to his motherland
illustrates the fact that Okonkwo will not have the power to do much in Umofia
also symbolizes the beginning of the collapse of the Igbo society
" When Unoka died he had taken no title at all...Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands and so he ate with kings and elders." (pg 8)
Second Division: Second Example
"It was late afternoon before Nwoye returned...living fire begets cold, impotent ash. He sighed again, deeply." (pgs 151-153)
hint hint: personification
Reflects the protagonist because once the missionaries came it started to bring down what Okonkwo has been working for his whole life. Okonkwo believed in strong tradition and these missionaries brought this down.
This moves towards and illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society because it shows how Christianity is taking over and changing religion.
Reflects the protagonist because Okonkwo's son converts to Christianity, which is definitely not what he wanted in Nwoye.
This moves towards and illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society because it shows how even his own son is starting to convert and following in the steps of the British, bringing down the Igbo society.
Third Division: Second Example
"Then they came to the tree from which Okonkwo's body was dangling...that is why we ask your people to bring him down, because you are strangers.'" (pg 207)
Reflects the protagonist because Okonkwo thought so superior of himself, that he thought he would be able to return like there were no changes.
This moves towards and illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society because once he returned everyone was converting to Christianity
Reflects the protagonist because he killed himself because he didn't want the disrespect of a white man to kill him.
This moves towards and illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society because once Okonkwo loses faith, the whole tribe does.
The novel is structured in three parts. What do the divisions reflect about the stages of life of the protagonist? How do the divisions move toward and illustrate the collapse of Igbo society?
By: Cassaundra Webb & Angelica Gomez