Stereotypes In Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe is a story written about life in Africa with the Europeans. Okonkwo is the character set in Africa and his life is told to help people better understand life in Africa. Things Fall Apart was written to shatter the stereotypical thoughts of non African people. Achebe wrote this novel to crush stereotypes for the African people who got a stereotype from the European people. At the very beginning of the novel Achebe started off by saying “ As a young man of eighteen he had brought honour to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat.”(Achebe 1) He mentions this to say that they are like us because they wrestle and have very strong men. Just like everywhere else in the world. Next he mentioned “ He was called the Cat because his back would never touch the earth.”(Achebe 1) This is just like the saying now a days, that a cat never falls on his back. We have a lot more in common than people think. They just don’t care. Later on another point was proven by mentioning ‘“Thank you. He who brings kola brings life. But I think you ought to break it.’”(Achebe 6) That quote shows that when going to other homes they…show more content…
I shall not eat in the house of a man who has no respect for our gods and ancestors.”’ (Achebe 29) “He walked back to his obi to await Ojiugo’s return. And when she returned he beat her very heavily. In his anger he had forgotten that it was the Week of Peace. His first two wives ran out in great alarm pleading with him that it was the sacred week.”(Achebe 24) This proves that during the week of peace Okonkwo committed a sin, a knew he had to accept the challenge from his leaders. “He [Unoka] died of the swelling which was an abomination to the earth goddess.”(Achebe 18 ) This shows that they believed committing a sin gave you the fate of death. Sin’s were feared in the Igbo peoples tribes, because death always was soon
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