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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe is an esteemed book which deals with the life and hardships of an African community trying to express their traditions in a modern, colonized world. The protagonist in the novel is a physically strong warrior, Okonkwo, who is a controlling factor in most of the communities he lives in. Themes of triumph and descent are what make up Okonkwo's character during the course of this novel. The wider world to Okonkwo consisted of the group of nine villages which comprise Umofia and certain other villages like Mbanio. Okonkwo was born and raised in Umofia and was very well known by all of the nine villages. His courage and determination led him to earn numerous titles in both wealth and wrestling. Ever since Okonkwo was a child he had to fight for what he wanted to achieve. Okonkwo possessed an obsession to always be number one, in control, and one of the most renowned men in the clan. These traits eventually led to Okonkwo's destruction. Once his world was taken over by British colonists Okonkwo was no longer in control of his clan, or his own life. Since he had such an impulse to gain supremacy, once this was lost, he underwent a state of confusion and a mental breakdown. Throughout the novel Okonkwo struggles through many ups and downs due to his overwhelming desire to be the best and his greatest fear of being anything like his father.
Okonkwo had to fight to gain titles when he was older, due to the fact that his youth was completely poverty stricken and degrading. His father, in Okonkwo's eyes, had to have been one of the laziest people he had encountered. It seemed unfortunate to Okonkwo at the time, who when he was older wanted to aspire to someone, had to be stuck with a lazy father, so in return Okonkwo hated his father, and was very ashamed of him. His goal in life was to achieve everything Unoka, Okonkwo's father, should have accomplished during his lifetime. By the t…

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