Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Thing Fall Apart- Literary Analysis
“Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper?” (Achebe 12). Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Chinua Achebe and is set in Nigeria in the late 19th Century during the pre- and post colonial era. The main character ,Okonkwo, is a well respected and a very wealthy man. He was the warrior of a clan in lower Nigeria called, Umuofia. His father, Unoka, was not well liked in the clan and was cowardly. Okonkwo had made it his mission to be nothing like his father, but in the end he becomes just like his father. In Things Fall Apart, there are clear ideas about how men and women should act or be and Okonkwo sees the clan as womanly, women grow crops that aren’t important, and men were involved in the government to make decisions.
In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo sees the clan as womanly and is disappointed. He thinks a lot about when,”[they] killed 12 of their men and they killed only two of ours,” (Achebe 200). He realizes,“Those were the days when men were men,” and wants everyone to see they have become cowardly
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Women were forced to clean the outside of this hut, but they” never saw the inside of the hut,” (Achebe 88). They weren’t even allowed to go inside a little tiny hut, when they were the ones making it look nice. When it comes to government, then men are in charge. The men are the ones in the meetings and the ones who decide what goes on in the clans. They decided what to do about the white men coming to their tribes. During the journey the men went on they” talked and laughed about the locusts, about their women,...” (Achebe 58). This really puts in perspective that the men know how few rights the girls have. It isn’t know what they were saying about their women, but they were laughing and joking around implying they know they are more