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CHINUA ACHEBE

author study of Chinua Achebe, a leader of African literature.
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Nathan Fleming

on 18 March 2011

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CHINUA ACHEBE Nathan Fleming's prezi
Presents... Author Study For MY Author study I read
Things fall apart: A novel about African tribal life before and during European colonization


I also read....
The Voter- a short story that takes place after the English have colonized Africa. African people are learning the ropes of european "democracy." List of Novels By Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart (1958)
No Longer at Ease (1960)
Arrow of God (1964)
A Man of the People (1966)
Anthills of the Savannah (1987) Short stories:
"Marriage Is A Private Affair" (1952)
"Dead Men's Path" (1953)
The Sacrificial Egg and Other Stories (1953)
"Civil Peace" (1971)
Girls at War and Other Stories (1973)
African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1985)
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (editor, with C.L. Innes) (1992)
The Voter Bibliography
Books, short stories and biography
-Wikipedia.com
Images
"BNW-Chinua-Achebe-Odo-Akaji-1.jpg." BiafraNigeria World Weblogs. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://magazine.biafranigeriaworld.com/odo_akaji/2006/08/01/re_thomas_osujis_revisiting_chinua_achebes_okonkwo_character.php>.
"Things_Fall_Apart_books_02.jpg." LISA'S OTHER BOOKSHELF. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://lisasotherbooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/what-keeps-things-fall-apart-together.html>
"jul-se2.jpg." DEMOCRACY BOOKS COMPETITION. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://www.fs.gov.za/Departments/SAC/Library/jul-sept2004_spotlight-democracy_book_competition.htm>.
"achebe61.jpg." Welcome to Linda Ikeji's Blog . Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html>.
"rhetoric.gif." The Rhetorical Square. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://www.csus.edu/owl/index/read/rhsqr.htm>.
"storytelling.jpg." Long Live Storytelling: David E. Henderson. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.davidhenderson.com/2008/12/03/long-live-storytelling/>.
"e=mc2.jpg." Monthly Meetings. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.kvas.org/monthly_meetings.htm>.
http://www.abrahall.com/familyhistory/FamilyTreeDownloads/ Three pieces of Rhetoric In Things Fall Apart:
Storytelling
Logic (logos)
Generations

LITERARY CrItIcIsM
I read three pieces of cristicism for Achebes book "Things Fall Apart." EACh Criticism focused on a different aspect
of Achebes novel! 1. First criticism, by Patrick C. Nnoromele, focused on Okonkwo, and the pressures that surrounded him. From colonial endeavors, to his Rogue son. This critic says that Okonkwo's death was caused by all of the above. 2. The Next Critic, Eric Sterling, focused mainly on the negative aspects of British colonization. This criticism favors the Ibo way of life over the encroaching European lifestyle. 3. Thirdly, Andrea Powell Wolfe underscored the accepted view of polygyny in "Things Fall Apart." This criticism suggested that we should pay more attention to the woes of a society and less to the historical significance of telling things as they were (Which is what Achebe did in "Things Fall Apart"). Chinua Achebe was born on November 16th, 1930. He was born into an Igbo tribe and his family followed Igbo tradition. But during Chinua's young life, his parents were convinced by British Representatives to abandon their Igbo ways and become Christians... Although Achebe grew up following Christian beliefs, there was something about the old way of life that kept his interest. When Chinua was grown, he studied English at the University of Ibadan, then went to work as at the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation in Lagos... During this time, Achebe released his very first novel. "Things Fall Apart", an African story, written by an African, was written out of Achebe's distaste for some African novels written by white men. Achebe found these books to be “Inaccurate and insulting (notablebiographies.com).” Bibiography #2
Biography For Chinua Achebe
"Chinua Achebe." 2011. Biography.com. 13 Mar 2011, 01:14
< http://www.biography.com/articles/Chinua-Achebe-9174901.>
"Chinua Achebe Biography." notabebiographies.com. Advameg, Inc., n.d. Web. 13 Mar 2011.
<http://www.notablebiographies.com/A-An/Achebe-Chinua.html>.
"Documentaries." bbc.co.uk. BBC, Jun 2005. Web. 13 Mar 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/profile/chinua-achebe.shtml>. In the Early Ninety's, Achebe was involved in a car accident that paralyzed him from the waist down. But not to worry, Chinua Achebe is still alive and well (As far as I know) to this day. He is now 80 years old. now, It's time for some SOme RHETorIc. STORYTELLING "Things Fall Apart" was written in the third person. But interestingly, the book reads like a campside story, not a narrated one. Appeal To Logic (Logos) Achebe did his best to show Ibo life as is. He tried to explain the logic behind their traditions. FOR EXAMPLE:
In Ibo tradition, if you give birth to twins, you must throw them into the Evil Forest. They did this because it was unnatural to have to kids at once. So logically, twins must be evil....obviously Generations: The Family Tree Achebe Spans "Things Fall Apart" across three generations. This makes it easy to see changes in personalities. Okonkwo's father, Unoka, was lazy and didn't care about status. On the other hand, Okonkwo is a very hard working man, and in his mind, status is EVERYTHING. But strangly, Nwoye (Okonkwo's son) is more like Unoka. THE END!
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