Yeats believed that history in part moved in two thousand-year cycles. The Christian era, which followed that of the ancient world, was about to give way to an ominous period represented by the rough, pitiless beast in the poem. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
Seen as the quintessential novel on the change from pre to post colonial life in Nigeria, the novel was one of the first African novels to receive worldwide recognition. It is now considered a classic and widely taught in schools both inside and outside Africa.
The novel centers around Okonkwo, the head of a warrior clan in the fictional Nigerian village of Umuofia. Okonkwo earned his place in the clan and his reputation in the village by being uncompromising and heavily masculine.
When faced with the changes that colonialism is bringing and the lack of resistance from his people, Okonkwo eventually commits suicide by hanging himself from a tree. The novel has been adapted several times for radio, TV and film, including a firm starring Princess Elizabeth of Toro.
Book Summary In Nigeria, there is a warrior clan called ibo, the head of which is named Okonkwo. Okonkwo has three wives and eight children and each wife has her own hut. Okonkwo also has his own hut called an obi. The clan is part of a network of nine connected villages.
When Okonkwo was a boy he brought pride to his village by beating a well known strong man in a wrestling contest. One day, the town crier rings the gong, or ogene to gather a meeting of the clansmen. It is announced that the wife of a tribesman was killed in the market.
The murderer was from the village of Mbaino. Okonkwo travels to Mbaino to negotiate the trade of one virgin and one young man to his village in payment for the murder. If the village should refuse, the two tribes would go to war and Okonkwo earned his position in the tribe for being very skilled at war and magic.
When Okonowo goes into battle, he brings with him five human heads, one of which he drinks palm wine from. Unsure of what to do with the young man, he is given to Okonkwo to raise.
The young man is a 15 year old boy named Ikemefuna.
Since his father was a gambler and not well respected in the village, Okonkwo had to start building his reputation from scratch.
He began by asking a wealthy clansman to give him seeds to start a yam farm. Unfortunately that year there was a terrible drought and Okonkwo lost most of his yams.With “Things Fall Apart,” Chinua Achebe gave voice to the African continent back in , using and bending the language of the colonizers to tell the story of the colonized.
Things Fall Apart, his first novel was published in It sold over 2,, copies, and has been translated into 30 languages.
It was followed by No Longer at Ease, then Arrow of God (which won the first New Statesman Jock Campbell Prize), then A Man of the People (a novel dealing with post-independence Nigeria)/5(39).
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe How and why is a social group represented in a particular way?! Things Fall Apart by the Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, perfectly illustrates the collapse of the Igbo society and people during the british colonization of Nigeria in the early twentieth century.
Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy.
It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as Reviews: K. Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart is concluded with the fictive Igbo village Umuofia, which chose to accept defeat by the British without resisting.
African responses to colonialism varied across the continent and some of the more notable acts of colonial resistance were in fact Igbo (the Ekumeku movement , the Anglo-Aro war ).
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe “The reason African Literature came into existence because these things that were supposed to represent [Africans] were inaccurate.
There was a vacuum, a gap to be filled” ~Chinua Achebe Achebe, about African Literature Chinua Achebe brief biography Born in a Christian family in Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria.