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Chinua Achebe Writing Styles in Things Fall Apart

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Tragedy

Things Fall Apart chronicles the double tragedies of the deaths of Okonkwo, a revered warrior, and the lbo, the tribe to which Okonkwo belongs. In literature, tragedy often describes the downfall of a great individual which IS caused by a flaw in the person's character. Okonkwo's personal flaw IS his unreasonable anger, and his tragedy occurs when the tribe bans him for accidentally killing a young tribesman, and he returns to find a tribe that has changed beyond recognition. The Tho's public demise results from the destruction of one culture by another, but their tragedy is caused by their turning away from their tribal gods.

Setting

Things Fall Apart is set in Umuofia, a tribal village in the country of Nigeria, in Africa. It is the late 1800s, when English bureaucrats and missionaries are first arriving in the area. There is a long history of conflict between European...

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