They both wanted to convert the lost, all those in Umuofia that were not in the church. For this reason, he frequently beats his wives, even threatening to kill them from time to time. They respect Okonkwo for his many feats including beating Amalinze the cat. GradeSaver, 3 March 2000 Web. Change is inevitable and even the best lead plans to astray. Even though it was the colonial powers who exerted their influence, often violently, over the Igbo, the Igbo also misperceive the white missionaries as just as ignorant and underestimate them.
Okonkwo returns only to find his tribe overrun by the English. If one is in imbalance, it makes the whole system haywire. The exile is his opportunity to get in touch with his feminine side and to acknowledge his maternal ancestors, but he keeps reminding himself that his maternal kinsmen are not as warlike and fierce as he remembers the villagers of Umuofia to be. Achebe places the reader in the shoes of the protagonist, Okonkwo, to guide them through the everyday life of Ibo society. His best buddy, Obierika comes by to cheer him up, but times go from bad to worse when Okonkwo accidentally kills someone at a tribal gathering.
It has been translated into at least forty-five. The Struggle Between Change and Tradition As a story about a culture on the verge of change, Things Fall Apart deals with how the prospect and reality of change affect various characters. Yet others who are in no way effeminate do not behave in this way. Although Achebe wrote in English, he attempted to incorporate Igbo vocabulary and narratives. Without custom and tradition, the tribe does not exist. Tribal belief Particularly since one of the threats to Igbo life is the coming of the new religion, tribal belief is a theme of some importance. While he does not expect to be received as the respected warrior he once was, he does think that his arrival will prompt an occasion to be remembered.
In order to communicate with the people they were required to use an. One major theme of the novel is language. Thus, he hates weakness because it dims what he believes he reflects. Human beings are implicitly viewed as the children of the earth, though the conduct of the white men throws doubt on that assumption. When the Earth goddess plans a drought, the crops are destroyed. He was also considered by many to be one of the most original literary artists writing in English during his lifetime.
They dank palm-wine together, with the oldest person taking the first drink after the provider has tasted it. Achebe makes the same tour of details in Things Fall Apart. Preparations for the Feast include thorough hut-cleaning and decorating, cooking, body painting, and head shaving. Everything from religion to family life was changed by imperialism. The cultural traditions of Umuofia eventually fell apart.
Okonkwo is such a man that he drinks from the skull of one of his enemies. If someone wrote a novel explaining the cultural details of my little town, they'd write about our famous local food: livermush; our big local gathering: demolition derby at the county fair; and our dozens of churches. While some habits mold tribe members' daily lives, other customs are reserved for special ceremonies. Reading the epigraph, we come to understand that Yeats is referring to an image of disaster and to a society that is losing control. Achebe throws in one more chapter in the book where he switches point-of-view. Okonkwo rallies all the men of the tribe to urge them to fight. Religion is threatened, Umuofia loses its self-determination, and the very centers of tribal life are threatened.
Okonkwo lives in fear of being thought weak and effeminate. Even western religion takes hold because of story and… Okonkwo dedicates himself to being as masculine as possible, and through his rise to become a powerful man of his tribe and subsequent fall both within the tribe and in the eyes of his son Nwoye, the novel explores the idea of masculinity. In addition to the three themes discussed in this essay, the thoughtful reader will probably be able to identify other themes in the novel: for example, the universality of human motives and emotions across cultures and time, and the need for balance between individual needs and community needs. His sense of self-worth is dependent upon the traditional standards by which society judges him. Greatness and ambition Okonkwo is determined to be a lord of his clan.
He provides detailed descriptions of the legal codes and practices, the marriage customs and familial codes, community leadership and laws, and the religious beliefs of the Igbo people. Ceremonial customs are more elaborate. Only when such payment is given can justice be served. The characters in the book speak in stories, talking around a subject without getting right to it. However, some of the natives were not opposed to this new religion and found it rather intriguing. Even as a little boy he had resented his father's failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala.