Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart is a post-colonial novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in things fall apart the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture collapse. Okonkwo is a respected and motivational leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia located in eastern Nigeria. He earns fame power, and respect when he defeats Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling contest. This particular Cat was the most feared man in the village he was undefeated in wrsteling for seven years. Once Okonkwo defeated cat his entire mentality changed Okonkwo determines to gain titles for himself and become a powerful and wealthy man, this change was due to his father. Since then, Okonkwo's reputation as a wrestler has grown throughout the nine villages of Umuofia.…show more content…
Okonkwo's father, Unoka, was an inactive and sluggish man. He often borrowed money from people of the village and would spend it on palm-wine and just simply hanging out with friends. Unoka was also a very selfish man, while he was out enjoying himself his wife and children often went hungry. Within the village, Unoka was considered a complete failure, he was at the bottom of the bottom regarding social class . He was referred to as agbala, one who resembles the weakness of a woman and has no property. Unoka died a shameful death and left numerous debts. Okonkwo hated his fathers actions, he had no role model to look after growing up. Okonkwo also felt his father was not manly, so he made an agreement with himself that he would be more of a man than his father. This decision ultimately had a negative affect on Okonkwo and his rain as ruler of the Igbo culture. He violated several cultural beliefs resulting in 7 years on exile from the Igbo
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