Chinua Achebe Writing Styles in Things Fall Apart

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Point of View

This novel is told from the third person point of view of an omniscient narrator. It is also told in the past tense, focusing mostly on Okonkwo and his family members. As the book tells the story of how the different characters of the novel slowly change their views on certain ideas through the years, it would be impossible to convey this idea if the story were told only through the view of one person. With the third person point of view, the reader is able to get a glimpse into the mind of Nwoye to understand why he decides to become a Christian, and also a look into the mind of Okonkwo to understand why Nwoye’s decision to become a Christian angers him so badly.

Time passes quickly in the beginning few chapters of the novel with the author giving a run down...

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