Violence In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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In How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, Chapters 10 and 11 emphasize the presence of societal and cultural symbolism in violence and how weather changes in literature signify deeper meanings; this is proven true in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo, a powerful Ibo man, views violence as a sign of masculinity and strength. For instance, this is evident when he tells Nwoye and Ikemefuna narratives that he views as "masculine stories of violence and bloodshed" (53.) This has cultural significance because he is teaching the boys to enjoy brutality and become strong fighters. He later kills Ikemefuna because "he was afraid of being thought weak" (61.) This murder highlights the societal ideal