"Oedipus the King" and "Things Fall Apart" The poem "Oedipus the King" and the novel "Things Fall Apart, there is some differences between these two stories. These two stories were very famous in the ancient time. "Things Fall Apart has won the following awards: Nigerian National Trophy, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, Nigerian National Merit Award. Things Fall Apart and Related Readings becomes a complete literature unit with the Teacher's Source Book which includes author information, background, chapter notes and 15 reproducible pages for student use" (Things Online). "Oedipus the King" was also prized: "Aristotle prized 'Oedipus the King' so highly that he used it to illustrate many of his principles of tragedy" (Sophocles 906). The background of "Oedipus the King" was also well-known. Many Americans have already known what is the poetry is about. "Although these details were commonly known, there was disagreement about the outcome of Oedipus's life" (Sophocles 906).
"The author of "Oedipus the King", Sophocles, "was born between 500 and 494 B.C.E. into an affluent Athenian family. He began acting and singing early, and her served as a choral leader in the celebrations for the defeat of the Persians at Marathon in 480 B.C.E." (Sophocles 906). He was a very famous author in the around in ancient time: "Because of his dramatic and public achievements, he was venerated during his lifetime, and after his death in 406-405 B.C.E., a cult was established in his honor" (Sophocles 906). The author of "Things Fall Apart", Chinua Achebe, "was born the son of Isaiah Okafo" (Culross Online). "He married Chrisitie Chinwe Okoli, and now has four children: Chinelo, Ikechukwu, Chidi, and Nwando" (Culross Online). Achebe wrote this novel to reflect the African cultures: "He also fiercely resents the stereotype of Africa as an undifferentiated 'primitive' land,