Things Fall Apart



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Things Fall Apart

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By: Jasmine T.

Outline



  1. Introduction

    1. Clincher

    2. Author

    3. Title

    4. General Information

    5. Thesis Statement




  1. Achebe’s Life

    1. Transition

    2. Topic Sentence

    3. Supporting Details (4)

    4. Transition




  1. Ibo Culture

    1. Transition

    2. Topic Sentence

    3. Supporting Details (4)

    4. Transition




  1. Music and Arts

    1. Transition

    2. Topic Sentence

    3. Supporting Details (4)

    4. Transition



  1. Religion

    1. Transition

    2. Topic Sentence

    3. Supporting Details (4)

    4. Transition




  1. Colonization

    1. Transition

    2. Topic Sentence

    3. Supporting Details (4)

    4. Transition


  1. Conclusion

    1. Reworded Thesis

    2. Main point

    3. Concluding thoughts

Essay
Sometimes cultures are effected by other cultures trying to colonize them. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the Ibo culture in Nigeria is effected by the Europeans trying to colonize them and inflict on their culture. The main ideas that will be discussed in this essay are Chinua Achebe’s life, Ibo culture, music and arts, religion, and colonization. The research of these five topics will prove that the book Things Fall Apart relates to the Nigerian culture.

Since Chinua Achebe is the writer of this book, then his life certainly relates to Things Fall Apart. Chinua Achebe was born as Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. His parents taught him the morals of their original Ibo descent, but they were actually Protestant missionaries in Ogidi, Nigeria. He was educated in the University of Ibadan, like many other popular Nigerian writers. At this university he dropped the name Albert and changed it to Chinua. He joined the Nigerian Broadcasting Company in Lagos in 1954 and later on became the director of External Services in charge of the Voice of Nigeria. In 1958, he wrote Things Fall Apart. His life relates to Things Fall Apart because in a sense the book is part of him since he wrote it. Without a doubt, Chinua Achebe’s life is very important to the book Things Fall Apart.

Like Chinua Achebe’s life, Ibo culture is just as important to the book Things Fall Apart. In the Ibo culture, the naming system is very important to them. The name of a child could effect what that person will be for the rest of their life. In the book, if twins were born, they were thought of to be a curse and in turn, they were brought to the “evil forest” and were left there to die.

In the Ibo culture, women were thought as to be as “gentle, weak, and obedient to their men”. Their jobs were to take care of the house and the children, prepare meals, and raise easy crops. The Ibo people are very religious. They are polytheistic and worship many gods. They also often spoke in proverbs like,” Proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” They also have a so-called “chi” that deals with the things that happen to them in their everyday life. All of this relates to the book Things Fall Apart because in the book they talk about the women having to do lots of the simple little things around the household. Also in the book, they talk about the many gods that a man. The Ibo culture in many ways relates to the book Things Fall Apart.

Music and Arts of the Ibo people plays an important role in the book Things Fall Apart. The Ibo people used masks and figures to portray certain gods. They also used the mask and figures for initiation and for funerals. The Ibo people also used the “uli” to paint wall in their huts. The Ibo people also have a rich “rhythmic” music vibe in their culture. Their music involves many overlapping “layers” of rhythms. They often used drums to create this type of rhythm. The Ibo people also sculpted things. They carved wood to make masks and figures so represent a certain god in their religion. The music and arts relates to Things Fall Apart because when they often used drums for ceremonies and big events and they used “uli” for the “ New Yam Festival” to paint the inside of their houses. Music plays an important part in the book Things Fall Apart.

Religion plays a very important role in the book Things Fall Apart. As stated above, the Ibo people were polytheistic. They believed in many gods and they also believed that every man had their own personal god. There is no kind of evidence of their faith though. The Ibo culture also believe that there are spirits in everything in the world. These spirits in a sense watch over the Ibo people. Religion relates to the book Things Fall Apart because in a way, Religion is kind of their government. Everything that the Ibo people did in the book had something to do with religion. As you can see, religion was very important in the book Things Fall Apart.

As religion is important, so is the colonization of Nigeria. The Europeans originally came to evangelize to the Ibo people, but they actually were colonizing the culture without knowing it. The Christian missionaries built churches and preached to the Ibo people about Jesus and God. Some of the Ibo people believed, but few stayed faithful to their own roots and original religion. Colonization relates to the book Things Fall Apart , because in the book, when Okonkwo returned from exile he could barely notice his village due to all the changes. Colonization was very important in the book Things Fall Apart.

In conclusion, Chinua Achebe’s life, Ibo culture, music and arts, religion and colonization all related to the book Things Fall Apart. These five topics proved and gave examples of how they related to the book. These five topics showed that the book Things Fall Apart was truly an insightful and inspirational book.

Works Cited Page


“Chinua Achebe” 4 December 2002
Bleakley, Richard “Postcolonial Responses To The Missionaries: Things Fall Apart” 26 Nov. 2002
Shaw, Mark “Great White Father” 2 December 2002
Landow ,George P. “Colonialism And The Culture Of Non-European Cultures” 2 December 2002


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