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When and where did the novel take place The end of World War I Jakob’s Life 69 years old he was a professor and a fairly important one doesn’t feel successful dislikes specialists and specialism, but sees himself as a specialist married to Helena huge advances in technology have occurred o mainly in lighting and transportation prefers fields over factories pg. 79 disliked: o incoherency o uncertainty o expression of emotion through music/art o german nationalism What was Jakobs self image as a classical physicist and as a person? Things Fall Apart for Jakob pg 117 + 53-54 Midlife crisis in his 40’s (pg. 108) He was on a road where he couldn’t experience new things and he had nothing else to offer Self Image (younger Years) o Innovative o Valuable (to science) o Classical physicist o Teacher o Optimistic o Rational Self Image (older years) o Ambiguous o Outdated o Betrayed (by science) o Kind of wrong (about world-ether) Jakob vs. Okonkwo o Both men have a midlife crisis o Both struggle with the change that is occurring in their society o Village is to Okonkwo as Physics is to Jakob o Europeans are to Okonkwo’s society as Theoretical Physics is to Jakob’s society o Before his exile Okonkwo was one of the most influential men in his society while Jakob was never highly influential Artists are similar to physicists (never fully satisfied)
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