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“Things Fall Apart: A Literary Analysis”


What was the pattern of conflict between traditional African values, as exemplified by Igbo socio-cultural life, and those of the invading alien Western culture?

What was the nature of relationship between the rich and the poor in the traditional Igbo society as represented by Okonkwo and his father, Unoka?

Culture is not usually static but dynamic. Do you agree? Where would you place the Igbo culture? In your opinion, do you think that traditional practices such as the killing of twins would have withered away over time without the intervention of Europeans? Analyze this with specific examples from the novel.

How unique were certain cultural practices such as arrangements and celebrations of marriages and deaths, punishment for heinous crimes such as murder for which Okonkwo was banished from Umuofia. Comment on Umuofia’s sense of justice. 

In your own judgment, what specifically fell apart? How did things fall apart in Igbo society? Did things fall apart for the better?

Note: Review should be two-three pages in length. It must be typewritten, double-spaced, and paginated. There should be, at least, six (6) direct quotes from the novel, integrated in the body of the essay in parentheses. MLA Documentation style applies.


Title: “Things Fall Apart: A Literary Analysis”
Length: 3 pages (825 Words)
Style: MLA


“Things Fall Apart: A Literary Analysis”

The pattern of conflict between traditional African values and the invading alien Western culture

In “Things Fall Apart,” the stereotypes that western cultures hold of Africans and the traditional values of Africans are in conflict. In the novel, white missionaries begin destroying the life of Africans by questioning the traditional life and values of Africans (Okpewdho 23). The missionaries destroy life in African villages by first eroding its value systems through piecemeal religious conversions to Christianity. The missionaries then impose alien legal, administrative, and political systems to replace the traditional systems of Igbo culture. The people of Ibo land fall apart because the new Christian values, brought by white missionaries, show dissent to their traditional values (Okpewdho 23). The cultures are separating son and father as the society starts doubting traditions and customs they have followed unquestionably since birth. People are losing faith in the traditional values and now consider the ways of the white men as clever. The accepted societal patterns begin disintegrating since the center can no longer hold.


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