Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart provides excellent examples of an African culture, in a way that it seems more like an anthropological case study, as opposed to a novel. It is because of this unusual format that it gives the me a chance to see the roles that people play in their society, especially in a culture that is far different from the one in which I live. As I look at the society in which the Ibo people live, I can draw a similar parallel between some of the roles of the characters and the roles that some people play in our society. It is this principle that connects all cultures to a similar base that cultures either are, or once were distinctly patriarchal, as seen in Things Fall Apart and American societies.
In Things Fall Apart, we see Okonkwo as a very strong warrior, and respected member of his community. He has three wives and eight children. He has achieved such a high status in his society through his fighting ability and diplomatic capabilities. Therefore, he becomes a member of the second highest class of men in his clan. Of course, he has to

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