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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is set in the 1890s and involves the introduction of Imperialism to Nigeria's African tribes.The novel is focused mainly on the Umuofia clan located in lower Nigeria.This clan is linked to nine other villages in the lower Nigerian region. The main character of the story is Okonkwo who is a well respected warrior and also leader of one of the clans in Umuofia.A large contribution to Okonkowo's success is due to his drive to never end up like his father Unoka.Unoka was looked upon as weak and a coward; he borrowed money from clansmen and never repaid his debts.The way Unoka lived contrasted the mold that a clansman of Umuofia is to become.Okonkwo has a twelve year old son named Nwoye and multiple wives.He is also a farmer as well as a family provider.In a settlement with another tribe Okonkwo receives a young girl and a fifteen year old boy named Ikemefuna.
Three years into Ikemefuna's stay with a new family Ogbuefi Ezeudu, a respected village elder, informs Okonkwo in private that the Oracle has said that Ikemefuna must be killed.Okonkwo lies to Ikemefuna and tells him that he must return home.Okonkwo's son Nwoye is very upset on his new-found friend's departure.As Okonkwo and his fellow tribe members walk with Ikemefuna, they attack him with machetes.Ikemefuna looks to Okonkwo for help but Okonkwo also strikes down the young boy.After this, Okonkwo falls into a depression not sleeping or eating much.
Ogbuefi Ezeudu dies and has a large funeral.At the funeral the tribesmen shoot their guns into the air but unfortunately Okonkwo's gun exploded and kills Ogbuefi's sixteen year old son.killing a clansman is a serious crime; Okonkwo was forced to take his family into exile for seven years as a punishment. The men from Ogbuefi Ezeudu's quarter burn Okonkwo's buildings and kill his animals to cleanse the vi

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