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What things fall apart in Things Fall Apart?
The "things" that fall apart in the book are really the Ibo way of life, and Okonkwo's life as he knows it. Okonkwo had built himself up to be a self made man, who had aspirations to be a leader in the tribe. In a incident that involves his gun blowing up and fatally wounding another clansman, he is banished to his motherland for 7 years. It is in this way that Okonkwo's life falls apart, in a split second. The way the Ibo culture and values fall apart is when Christianity comes to the villages. The missionaries come and try to convert some tribe members, when they have converted some people, the old tribe members began to question their old faith and belief. It came to the point that Enoch disrespected the Ibo tribe by unmasking an Egwugwu. By the doubt that the Christianity put into the minds of the Ibo clansman, it made the structure that the Ibo tribe was built on fall apart.
The significant steps that cause Okonkwo's life to fall apart are:
The significant steps that cause Okonkwo's life to fall apart are:
- He is punished for beating his wife during the week of peace, when nobody is allowed to display violence.
- Ikemefuna, the boy he has taken care of, Okonkwo's ideal son, is sentenced to die.
- Okonkwo ends up delivering the killing blow to Ikemefuna.
- Okonkwo kills a clansman accidentally at the funeral from a gun misfunction.
- The impact of Christianity particularly Okonkwo's son, Nwoye, abandoning the Ibo faith to join Christianity.
- Okonkwo gets fed up with his fellow clansmen betraying the Ibo culture leads him to kill a colonialist messenger.
- Okonkwo kills himself at the end of the story.
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Okonkwo is the epitome of the Ibo culture. He is a great warrior, and has many titles. In part one of the book it is giving background information about the culture, tradition…s, and beliefs of the people, and how Okonkwo represents that. At the end of part one he accidentally kills a young boy, and is exiled to his mothers homeland for seven years. In those seven years, the white missionaries come and try to convert people to their religion, and succeed in doing so with some people causing things to fall apart. In part three, it is apparent to the people of the clan that the white men had not only brought a religion but a government. Okonkwo and several others gather to plan a revolt, and messengers for the white men come and tell them to stop. Okonkwo kills the head messenger, and then for reasons the reader can only infer, hangs himself - an abomination to their people.
The vocabulary is the set of words used in the book Things FallApart. Most of the words are English, but many are from the Igbolanguage.
Okonkwo is the main character. Unoka is Okonkwo's father. Wives: Okonkwo's first wife, never named. Ekwefi: Okonkwo's second wife. Ojiugo: Okonkwo's third wife. … Children: Nwoye: eldest son of his first wife. Obiageli: daughter of his first wife. Ikemefuna: adopted son, brought back from Mbaino. Ezinma: daughter of Ekwefi Uchendu: Okonkwo's uncle. Obierika: Okonkwo's best friend. Chielo: Priestess to the Oracle Agbala. Minor characters: . Nwakibie: Prosperous man of Umuofia. . Ogbuefi Ezeudu: Oldest man of Umuofia, whom dies. . Evil Forest: Head of the egwugwu . Mr. Kiaga: First priest of Mbanta. . Mr. Brown: First priest in Umuofia. . Akunna: Clansman of Umuofia who argues with Mr. Brown about religion. . Mr. Smith: Second priest in Umuofia. . Enoch: A religious convert who causes trouble. . District Commissioner Okonkwo's other children: . Nkechi: daughter of Ojiugo . Nneka: first child born to Okonkwo in Mbanta. "Mother is Supreme." . Nwofia: son born 2 years after Nneka. "Begotten in the Wilderness." . Onwumbiko: "Death, I Implore you." Third children borne to Ekwefi who dies in his fifteenth month. . Ozoemena: "May it not happen again." 4th child of Ekwefi, born after Onwumbiko. Dies in her eleventh month. . Onwuma: "Death may please himself." 5th child of Ekwefi. ... Very Minor characters: . Amalinze the Cat: A legendary wrestler who is undefeated for 5 years until Okonkwo throws him. . Okoye: A man who asks Unoke to pay back his debts to him. . Ogbuefi Ezeugo: Powerful orator of Umuofia . Ogbuefi Udo: Man of Umuofia whose wife is killed in the Mbaino marketplace. . Anasi: First wife of Nwakibie . Ogbuefi Idigo: Many who also makes very good snuff . Obiako: Palm-wine tapper who suddenly gave up his trade. Had a poor father. . Akukalia . Igwelo: Nwakibie's eldest son whom is forced to drink the dregs of the wine. . Osugo: Man whom Okonkwo calls a woman. . Ezeani: priest of the Earth goddess . village rain maker . Maduka: Obierika's son who wins a wrestling competition. . Okafo: Champion wrestler who beats Ikufue. . Ikufue: Other champion wrestler who loses to Okafo. . Akueke: Daughter of Obierika whom is to be wed. . Akueke's mother . Ibe: Akueke's suitor . Ukegbu: Ibe's father . Machi: Obierika's eldest brother . Amadi: Local leper . Okagbue: medicine man . Uzowulu: man who beats wife excessively . Mgabfo: wife of Uzowulu . Odukwe: in-law of Uzowulu, brother of Mgabfo . Okeke: man who makes inferior snuff, from Mbanta . Nwankwo: one of Obeirika's extended family. . Mgbogo: Woman who falls ill with Iba . Udenkwo: woman with infant . Ezelagbo: woman whose child releases a cow. . Ogbuefi Ezenwa: Man who Okonkwo offers snuff-bottle to . Ezeudu's son: shot by Okonkwo. . Okoli: Christian convert rumored to have killed the sacred python. . Guards . Messengers . Kotma (white men's servants, guards, etc.) . Aneto man who killed his corrupt neighbour, Oduche . Nnama, many who bribed the white man. . Oduche, who was killed as a result of a land dispute. Gods: . Chukwu: The overlord of all men and gods. . Agbala: Oracle of the hills . Ani: Owner of all lands . Ifejioku: God of yams . Amadiora: God of thunder and the skies . The Christian God. . Akalogoli: evil god ...
Ani is the goddess who is owner of all lands, the earth goddess and source of all fertility. She was also the ultimate judge of morality and conduct. Moreover she was in conta…ct with the dead whose bodies had been buried in the earth.
There are many things that fall apart in Things Fall Apart, so they should be taken one at a time. Ikemefuna's life: - Murder of Umuofian Ogbuefi Udo's wife by a Mbanta m…an in the Mbanta market: Although Ikemefuna was not responsible, he became part of the peace offering toward Umuofia, and was displaced from his home. - Declaration of death by the Oracle of Agbala: Even though Ikemefuna had adapted miraculously to his new home, as soon as the Oracle decreed Ikemefuna must die, his life ended. Okonkwo's ambition: - Okonkwo's fear: Okonkwo's fear of being like his father, an agbala, caused him many problems including a fierce manliness, a lack of temper, emotion, and reasonability. - Okonkwo's lack of temper: Okonkwo's beating of his wife during the festival of Ani, causes him much disrepute among his neighbours. - Okonkwo's lack of emotion: Okonkwo's apparent lack of remorse for disturbing the festival of Ani, causes him more disrepute among his neighbours who take him to be callous and not humble towards the gods. -The accident killing Ekeudu's son. This accident causes Okonkwo to be exiled for 7 years. -The arrival of the colonists. -The conversion of Nwoye. -The killing of the messenger. -Okonkwo's death. Okonkwo's family unity: - Okonkwo's need for manliness. It also causes him to beat his children excessively in a vain attempt to get them to work harder. It distances himself from Nwoye. His fear of being perceived weak causes him to kill Ikemefuna. - The death of Ikemefuna. - Okonkwo's lack of emotion: This causes Nwoye to distance himself from his father and the tribe. - Nwoye's conversion to Christianity. Ibo culture: -Christianity: The church disproved many of the Ibo superstitions, and implicitly encouraged the Ibo to break traditions. -Settlers: The settlers killed the village of Abame, and attempted to convert the rest, while imposing their power upon the lands. -The Ibo tribe: Their lack of a central structure made them easy to separate and convert or conquer. They could not offer a consolidated defense against the invaders and their customs. Their own culture was occasionally repressive, and caused rifts between the people and the society. -Their own culture: Their own culture prevented them from stopping their brothers who had joined the white man's ranks. -Soldiers: The soldiers prevented the Ibo from forcefully removing the white men. -The converts: The converts would bring white reinforcements in event of any revolution.
The resolution of the main character was to commit suicide because he had seen his village abandon their honor and name. He wanted to fight the white missionaries, but no one …supported him. That was when he realized he was alone, and no longer cared for his life.
The harmattan is a dry Saharan wind from the direction of the Sahara desert.
Mbanta is one of the 9 Igbo villages in Things Fall Apart. Notably, it is Okonkwo's motherland, home to Uchendu, his uncle.
Oduche is a man who had a land dispute with his neighbour, and as a result of his bribing the white officials, the whites' court awarded the land to him. If taken to a tribal …council, they would have ruled against him. Oduche ends up being killed by Aneto, the neighbour he had a dispute with.
Various companies published this book by Chinua Achebe throughout the years, although it was first published by a smaller London publishing company which was later absorbed in…to a bigger one.
Nwakibie is the richest man in Umuofia, and is a man of many titles. When other people need financial favours, they go to see him.
The crisis is losing your way of life. In the story the Villages lost their everyday customs and traditions because of the white missionaries that moved into their homeland. T…he white missionaries turned many of the people into Christians. They told the people of the village that their religion was false. In the end no one had the power to stand up to the change, and the main character, Okonkwo, could not bear it and committed suicide.
the man who killed the python, falls ill mysteriously and dies. His death proves the gods are watching; after that, the clan relaxes its stance towards the Christians.
There are three women that play a major role in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The first is Okonkwo's (the protagonist) second wife, Ekwefi. She has a history of childr…en that die soon after birth. She cares very deeply for her only living child, a daughter, Ezinma. Ezinma is thought to be an ogbanje, or a devil child that continues to die and re-enter her mother's wound to be born again, but is proven to be a pleasant child. The third major woman is Chielo, the priestess to the village's ultimate god, who is a normal person by day and fearful priestess by night. Other minor women include Okonkwo's first wife who is never addressed by name except as Nwoye's mother, and his third wife, Ojiugo.
People who couldn't attend an assembly of the freeborn.
Because Okonkwo is afraid of being like his father, he refuses to show emotions and change his views when the white men take over. When he murders one of the kotma (kinsmen wh…o have joined forces with the white men) he realizes all hope for rebellion is lost and that in the end he failed. So he hangs himself. Also his son converts to Christianity, he gets exiled from the clan for seven years, and he gets arrested. He also dishonors the tribes ancestors and their earth goddess Ani many times over causing reoccurring shame in and on his family.