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Chang 1 Things Fall Apart : Chinua Achebe Achebe brings up many important issues in Things Fall Apart that deal mainly with the transformation of culture through change and new ideas. It is interesting to note that although the story takes place in Africa, changes in culture and traditions can be seen throughout the world. This book demonstrates how traditions have become such a major part of history. The book starts off by telling the story of Unoka a man who had not been very successful in his life. He was a poor farmer and was always in debt to his neighbors and friends. The main character, Okonkwo, was the son of Unoka and swore to never be like his father. He indeed became a great man of strength and success who earned his reputation at a very young age. Okonkwo proved himself by being a great wrestler and working hard to harvest many yams. Okonkwo became an important person in his village, and through a settlement with another tribe he obtained responsibility for a young boy named Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna was taken into Okonkwo’s family for three years and eventually called him father. Achebe creates a scene for the reader by developing a sense of masculinity among the men in society. The idea that men were overpowering and had the right to beat their wives demonstrates the role that women had, which was very demure. Okonkwo had a great temper and during the clan’s Week of Peace he proceeded to beat one
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course TRAD 101 taught by Professor Weiner during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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