Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall ApartThings Fall Apart is a book written by Chinua Achebe. The book was published in 1958 and printed in 1959. The setting of the book is in lower Nigerian villages. It is mostly taken place in Iguedo and Mbanta. The time that the book takes place is around the late 1800s. I think that Things Fall Apart is an influential work of literature; and that it not only influenced African literature, it also influenced literature around the world. The book has twenty-five chapters and 209 pages. It also has a glossary and a section in which you can find out information about the author.

In Things Fall Apart, we witnessed the destruction of a traditional native culture. We also witnessed the challenge and weakening of Igbo spirituality. The Igbo downfall was caused mainly by the invasion of Christian Missionaries. The Igbo Village Umuofia fell apart in two ways.

One way is the village's spirituality and the other way is the village's government.

Okonkwo is the main character in the book Things Fall Apart. He is the protagonist in this book. Okonkwo had achieved a lot in his life. He was a champion wrestler, a wealthy farmer, and he was a husband to three wives. He was a respected warrior of the Umuofia Clan. He became a respected warrior in the first chapter where he defeated Amalinze the Cat. Before their match, Amalinze the Cat was undefeated. His major fear is that the people in his village will believe the missionaries. He is afraid of this because if he were to accept the new religion, all of the sacrifices that he made would have been done in vain.

Although Okonkwo is a respected warrior, he makes a mistake that changes the way everyone in the village...