Things Fall Apart book report

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe there's a man name Okonkwo . He

is a type of man that fears weakness and failure. Okonkwo lives in Umuofia in

the village of Iguedo with three wives and eight children in a large compound

enclosed by a thick wall of red earth. His household points out his wealth and

success that is widely known based on his personal achievements. When he

was younger he was the "greatest wrestler in the nine villages." (Achebe 8).

Not only that but " he was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams." (8).

nonetheless deep within himself he fears "he should be found to resemble his

father"(13). The contributions of his own anger incidents, accidental actions, and

fear of becoming like his father allows his life to fall apart leading from one thing

to another.

The angry temper Okonkwo contains helps contribute to his life reducing

to parts.

His "fiery temper" (13) causes his wife to live in fear of him, particularly

his youngest wife. In an incident Okonkwo beats his youngest wife, Ojiugo, after

"she did not return early enough to cook the afternoon meal"(29) during the

Week of Peace. According to his culture beating somebody during the sacred

Week was unheard of. Base upon the priest of the earth goddess, Ani, concludes

that he has " [commits] a great evil"(30) that may have "[ruins] the whole clan"

(30). There was also an incident where he beats his third wife, Ekwefi, and

nearly shoots her by his own gun. Just because she "merely cut a few leaves off

it to wrap some food" (38) from a banana tree Okonkwo thought was dead.

Apart from his anger there is an accidental incident that contributes to his...