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African Storytelling 16:08 Friday, October 21, 2011 1. THINGS FALL APART Okonkwo confuses his view of an ideal society with true Ibo society Suppresses parts of himself which he sees as feminine Can’t face reality of his changing culture when he returns Early on, thought he influenced his culture but did not Mr. Smith doesn’t acknowledge African sovereignty Only way they can be saved is to convert to Christianity Mr. Brown= more understanding, co-existence w/ Ibo church Okonkwo hears of how Umuofia is adapting, is disgusted He is as much of a threat to Ibo culture as the missionaries Encounters obstacles along the way to greatness- overcomes Means to his fulfillment – uses to achieve substance Missionaries are another obstacle – cannot be overcome Few but Okonkwo can measure up to his standards Thinks he is the ideal, sees himself as savior Therefore he destroys himself So who “falls apart”? OKONKWO.  Religious knowledge, exportation leads to wealth Many traditions stemming from fear of life-threatening things Can’t answer by name when someone is at the door Et cetera HOUSEBOY
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