The Role of the Writer Achebe has also spoken about his ideas on the role of a writer. This was a dark period of time for Africans that live there. It can also be seen as having a single narrator, whose tone changes and adapts over time. He asks Nwoye about Okonkwo, but Nwoye can't answer properly: ''I don't know. Achebe suggests that many things that are true of Umuofia are true throughout the villages of precolonial Nigeria. He declares him to be one of these evil children, and says, 'Then he took it away to bury in the Evil Forest, holding it by the ankle and dragging it on the ground behind him. By portraying an archetype of Igbo masculinity as a difficult-to-sympathise-with character, Achebe undoubtedly challenges ideas of how men are supposed to be.
None of these events can be properly understood without some comprehension of Igbo culture and tradition. In the midst of his thriving life it takes an unexpected turn. This would be a reflection of the Umofian society's gradual change and adaptation in order to survive. In my opinion it was not the Missionaries but the inner conflict in the Igbo culture that dug its grave. Religion has been the integral part of the Igbo society, as they believe in a supreme god, Chukwu, who has created all things and demands obedience. Having to start from scratch several times many men have solidified their status because of their persistence, earning themselves many titles. You had no desire to be my partner.
Like Yeats predicts, Umofian society is undone from within first, and then collapses under forces from without. He simply does not recognize any benefit for allowing the Nigerians to retain elements of their heritage. The British were in competition with other Europeans for control of the natural wealth of West Africa. In the past Western ideas introduced itself to countless cultures through religion and other means. The way that Achebe developed Ezinma throughout the novel, I believe, is what was used to show readers the softer and gentler side of Okonkwo. But not everyone sees the book as narrated by two distinct voices. The Commissioner's plan for briefly treating the story of Okonkwo illustrates the inclination toward Western simplification and essentialization of African culture.
With imperialistic missionaries arriving with the tempting offer of a different and more appealing lifestyle, the once united Umuofia will wither away. What purpose does the formal way of speaking serve? While he was in college, Achebe studied history and theology. But there is one major problem with that idea. For example, a real-life tragedy at the community of Ahiara serves as the historical model for the massacre of the village of Abame in Chapter 15 of Things Fall Apart. How does it effect the ending? When Chielo the priestess, sent for by Agbala, comes to Okonkwo's hut to get Ezinma, even the fearless Okonkwo gives way after incessantly pleading Chielo to allow Ezinma stay.
His sense of self-worth is solely based on the traditional standards by which society judges him. That is the Evil Forest. This exposes to the reader the fact that the word failure is synonymous with women, they are interchangeable, having the same meaning. Often times in history, religion has been the focal point of a variety of different conflicts. Your mother is there to protect you. They were merely cleansing the land which Okonkwo had polluted with the blood of a clansman. It is not seen in the book much; never does Achebe quote a passage when Okonkwo sputters out his words.
Men on the other hand are thought of as strong and must live up to the expectations of the clan. This lesson describes and analyzes the village's rituals and social customs. In this poem — ironically, a product of European thought — Yeats describes an apocalyptic vision in which the world collapses into anarchy because of an internal flaw in humanity. Indeed, Achebe would contest such a romantic portrayal of his native people. Missionaries traveled all over the world bringing their way of life to foreign countries. A series of military coups and dictatorships in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s replaced the fragile democracy that Nigeria enjoyed in the early 1960s. The women ran most of the workforce by farming, tending animals, and raising the children so that they could help out on the farms.
This desire for tradition also shows up later in the novel. These misogynistic views take a toll on the tribe and prove to become their undoing. It is not frowned down on when a male hits a female, in fact it is encouraged and Okonkwo from time to time threatens to kill his wives. It is the story of the psychological and social consequences of the transition from the tribal indigenous society to the Western mode brought by the Imperialistic takeover. As she is a woman all of these talents and qualities will go on unexplored and unused. Umuofia is a tribe located in Nigeria, Africa coming from humble beginnings, the means of success in this tribe come through hard manual labor such as farming. Nigeria became an independent country on October 1, 1960, and became a republic in 1963.
These misogynistic views in turn become the very foundation upon which this society will unravel. As things fall apart, Umuofia, the village, is the symbolic center that cannot hold. Background on Igbo Culture Think about your society, including any religion you might belong to. Set in pre-colonial Nigeria in the 1890s, Things Fall Apart highlights the clash between colonialism and traditional culture. However, his fear of weakness and failure also was his tragic flaw.