by Chinua Achebe Introduction. Iread the book Things Fall Apart. Things fall apart is a fictional book about aman named Okonkwo. It is written by a Nigerian author known as Chinua Achebe. Ilike this book because it talks about how it was in the colonial days.
Setting and Time.Thetime that the book uses is not mentioned but my guess is that it was written inthe 1950’s. The setting of the book is Umuofia and Mbanta village in Nigeria. Umuofiawas a great village that had their own tradition, belief and gods. Nigeriais a country in the West of Africa and it borders with Benin on the west, Chadand Cameron in the east and Niger in the North. Its coast lies on the Gulf ofGuinea. Nigeria is estimated to have a population of about 186 million.
Umuofia is the home of the main character,Okonkwo. It has a number of hills. In Umuofia they build their houses out ofmud and each wife has their own house with they live in with their children.Mbanta village is the village Okonkwo is sent to because of the bad deed thathe had done.
Main CharacterThemain character of the book “Things Fall Apart “is Okonkwo. He is born in the1900’s. He is tall and skinny and he has a dark complexion. He is in betweenthe age group of 32 and 36. He is bald and he has a built body. Iwould say that Okonkwo is a hardworking man.
The reason I would say this isbecause Okonkwo worked all day long and all night long if he had to. He wouldalways plant his cassavas every season and take care of them to make sure theygrow well. Okonkwo is also a leader. Okonkwo is a leader because he alwayswants to take lead and be an example.
Okonkwo is also strong. I say thisbecause at a very young age, he fought and he won. He was famous and known at ayoung age because of this. I would also say that Okonkwo is determined.
He isdetermined because whenever he puts his mind to something he must do it. Forexample he set his mind to wake up early and go to the farm, he will do that. The ConflictTheuniversal conflicts that the main character faces is character againstcharacter.
I say this because Okonkwo had a problem with the British people whocame to colonize. The British people forced their religion and their way oflife to their land. Okonkwo could not handle all of this and so he decided tohang himself. Anotherreason is because Okonkwo’s child Nywoye ran away because he liked the ways ofthe British. Okonkwo did not like their religion or their ways and he did notwant his family to be part of their religion.
Though he didn’t like it, Nywoyedid and when his father found out he beat him thoroughly with a stick and afterthat Nywoye ran away Main EventThemain event of the book is when he kills himself. The reason of this is becausehe was mad at the British people and so he destroyed their church. He waspunished for that. He got mad and wanted war between both the clan and theBritish people Afterhis punishment he was released and he killed the messenger who was sent by theDistrict Commissioner.
He did this as a sign to show he wanted war between theBritish and his clan. He’s clan refused to fight and for that he couldn’t. Andso for that he killed himself which was good for the clan because it would bemore peaceful for them and the British people.
The ConclusionTheauthor’s purpose is to explain how the people of Umuofia lived. It tells us howtheir life was before and after the English people came. I think Chinua Achebewrote this book so that we can take a look to see how life was before. Things fall apart was a book that informed.
Itinformed me because I know what it was like to be colonized by other people.It’s not good to force your culture into other people’s lives and take overtheir land. Iwould recommend this book to a classmate, friend or family because it has areally strong message. The reason being it can help others by making them stoptrying to put things in other people’s lives.
Its strength is that it can helppeople reflect on what they’re doing in other people’s lives. Its weakness isthat it can make others give up because that was what Okonkwo did when hekilled himself. I love this book because it made me think on what I was doingto other people’s lives.