The ibo in the novel hope to maintain their culture

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The Ibo in the novel hope to maintain their culture by depending on the traditions of the past. Their gods will take care of them, or so they think. When the new religion is introduced as salvation to the Nigerians, it appears as a promise for a better way of life. Yet, the human lion that infiltrates the Ibo does not bring peace and comfort, but instead brings total destruction and annihilation. Instead of a rebirth, there is final death for the Ibo culture. The poem prophesizes the end of the world; the novel prophesizes the end of a culture. Both pieces of literature make a statement about the contradicting forces of nature and history and the conflict between two different worlds. Achebe’s allusion to how “things fall apart” in Yeats’ poem strengthens the reader’s understanding of how entire cultures can be eradicated.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Wrap Up Theme Objective: Understanding the connection between various literary works Analyzing thematic concepts Activity Before reading Things Fall Apart, you read William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” and made predictions on the connections between the two works. Now that you have completed the novel, review the poem and again consider why Achebe took the title of his famous work from this poem. Based on your analysis of both works, write an essay indicating your thoughts and feelings on the literary connection. State your thesis clearly in the first paragraph and prove it with passages from the texts and your own explanations. The chart that follows can be used to collect passages from both works. S - 145 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 146 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Thematic Concept Chart “The Second Coming” Things Fall Apart Answers will vary. Examples: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer, Things fall apart.” The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. The image of the lion with the human head indicates further disaster. Answers will vary. Examples : As the Ibo move further and further from their cultural traditions, their world begins to fall apart. In addition, as Okonkwo listens to his own “chi” and disregards the rules of his tribe, his life falls apart. The elders of the Ibo assume that their gods will take care of the Christians, but the younger passionate members of the tribe begin adopting the laws and standards of the European colonizers. The presence of the white man, stranger to the Ibo land, disrupts and destroys the Ibo culture. The tribesmen see their world fall apart.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Thematic Concept Chart S - 147 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart “The Second Coming” Things Fall Apart
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