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Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” and a Revaluation of Values
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This 7 page report discusses Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel about a village in pre-colonial Nigeria. The concept of thingsfalling apart in “Things Fall Apart” comes from the many ways in which the life of the main character, Okonkwo, changes in ways he is powerless to understand. “Things” are simply not the way Okonkwo believes they should be and they certainly are not the way they were in the “good ol’ days.” Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Achebe's Things Fall Apart
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is the story of the post-colonial conflict between Africa and Europe, as well as the conflict between the Western way of doing things and the tribal consciousness. It is the story of the psychological and social consequences of the transition from the tribal indigenous society to the Western mode brought about by the Imperialistic takeover. This 3 page paper argues that the British takeover forced changes that would have been resisted and delayed to the detriment of the society by way of the loss of their potential as represented by the next generation. No additional sources are listed.
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The Family by Pa Chin and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe: The Conflict and Acceptance of Change
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The status of the family described within Pa Chin's work The Family is defined by class status and definitive social design. The structure of power and the interactions of the decision making processes are the foundation for the trans-class love that develops between Cheuh-hui, the third son, and Ming-feng, a house servant. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is the story of the conflict between Africa and Europe, between the Western way of doing things and the tribal consciousness. It is the story of the psychological and social consequences of the transition from the tribal indigenous society to the Western mode brought by the Imperialistic takeover. This 5 page paper examines the conflict inherent in the act of transition, either within the evolving social roles of the family or the cultural definitions of a society as it is assimilated into the modern world. No additional sources are listed.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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This 10 page research paper provides an examination into Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, focusing on the main character, Okonkwo. Specifically considered in this character evaluation is how Okonkwo demonstrates the traditional aspects of his 'ideal society,' his perceptions of good and evil, likes and dislikes. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Comparison & Contrast Characters of Okonkwo in “Things Fall Apart” & Nnu Ego in “The Joys of Motherhood”
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A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of the Nigerian male character Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s 1959 novel, 'Things Fall Apart' with the Nigerian female character Nnu Ego in Buchi Emecheta’s 1979 novel, 'The Joys of Motherhood.' Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo As A Tragic Hero
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In this 4 page essay, the writer describes Things Fall Apart as 'classic' in the sense that it adheres to Aristotle's definition of a tragedy and Okonkwo presents himself as a tragic hero. Specific examples form the story, -- including evidence of Okonkwo's tragic flaw,-- are provided to illustrated points made. No other sources cited.
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The Character of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s 'Things Fall Apart' Analyzed
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A 7 page character analysis of Okonkwo, the chief protagonist in Chinua Achebe’s 1959 novel, 'Things Fall Apart,' as well as a consideration of the third-person narrative structure used in the novel. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' & Desai's 'Clear Light Of Day'
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In this 5 page essay, the writer analyzes how the coming of the White man to Africa meant the end of traditional culture in Things Fall Apart. Interestingly, pertinent events are very similar in 'Clear Light Of Day'-- in which the sociocultural impact of the English coming to India are described. Relevant comparisons are made. No other sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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5 pages in length. The writer discusses the impact of European colonization upon the village of Umuofia from Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.' No additional sources cited.
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Things Fall Apart: Ezinma
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A 3 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Ezinma in "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. This character is one of the few representations of women in this book, and the character serves to represent a young woman who is incredibly strong and intelligent, yet weak in body and in perhaps in arguing any position, but this is largely due to the fact that she is a woman, and of little concern in a man's world. No additional sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Responsibilities Of Citizenship
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A 10 page paper discussing citizenship and its obligations. 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe and 'Man's Search for Meaning' are used as the primary reference points for the discussion. Issues of the meaning and practice of community are also discussed. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Chinua Achebe/ 'Things Fall Apart'
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A 5 page analysis, + a 1 page outline of that analysis, of Chinua Achebe's novel of Nigerian colonialism, 'Things Fall Apart.' The writer argues that Achebe's novel demonstrates that the Igbo culture shared many of the faults of the invading British and that this is demonstrated through the characterization of the protagonist of the book, Okonkwo. No additional sources cited.
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Comparison of 'Things Fall Apart', 'Efuru' and 'Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata)'
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A 6 page paper which compares three African tribal novels -- Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Flora Nwapa's Efuru and Fa-Digi Sisoko's Epic of Son-Jara (Sunjata) -- to determine what they illuminate about pre-colonial African history. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Pacification of the Primitives - Achebe's Presentation of Imperialism in Things Fall Apart
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A 4 page paper that examines the manner in which African author Chinua Achebe challenges traditional ideas of imperialism in his novel entitled Things Fall Apart. A short synopsis of the novel's plot is included, with particular emphasis placed on the sections in which Achebe emphasizes the uneven trade of time honored tradition for Western cultural imperialism. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Things Fall Apart: Nwoye
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A 3 page paper which discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Nwoye in "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe. This character's strengths lie in his ability to look beyond the traditional and accepted. He looks outside of that tradition to see another faith. But, herein also lies some of his weakness for he is, in many ways, running from what frightens him about his own culture. No additional sources cited.
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Cultural Change in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper analyzing Chinua Achebe’s novel from a cultural perspective. The paper holds that while the protagonist Okonkwo is clearly meant to represent the Ibo people under the thumb of British imperialism, Okonkwo really “falls apart” because he is unable to change. No additional sources.
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Political and Social Theory in Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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A nine page paper comparing the state of African society depicted in Chinua Achebe's novel with the sociological and political theories discussed in Mahmood Mamdani's Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism; Anthony Butler's Democracy and Apartheid: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and the Modern South African State; and Frederick D. Lugard's The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa. No additional sources.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo's Unwillingness To Conform
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In this 2 page essay, the writer argues that Okonkwo suffered from his own failure to confirm with society. Examples from the story -- including his own death -- are used to back-up this point. No other sources cited.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' and the Idea of Freedom
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This 4 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / The Idea of Freedom
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This 5 page report discusses the Achebe's first novel (written in 1958) and the idea of how its main character, Okonkwo, struggles for freedom. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Okonkwo's Aggressive Behavior
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The writer of this 5 page essay describes Okonkwo as a troubled individual with deeply-repressed feelings (particularly towards his father) who-- expresses these feelings as anger and aggression. Okonwko has developed a loathing for anything feminine; he is extremely macho and expects the same of all men around him. In a sense, he is overcompensating for his father's lack of vigor by trying so hard to be extra 'manly.' These points are argued with supporting examples from the story. No other sources cited.
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Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A six-page paper overview of Chinua Achebe’s classic novel. It traces the plight of the protagonist Okonkwo as he confronts his own inability to handle the dissolution of traditional Ibo culture in the face of colonial imperialism. No additional sources.
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Postcolonialism and Individual Culpability in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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An eight page paper looking at Chinua Achebe’s novel in terms of the author’s attitude toward the cultural clash between the British and the indigenous culture. The paper asserts that the protagonist Okonkwo symbolizes the aspects of African culture that cannot survive -- not because they are inferior, but because they inflexible and resistant to change. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart': Heroism
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5 pages in length. One can reasonably assert that there existed a sequence of social change as a means by which to describe the impact of the intrusive European culture upon the indigenous culture of Umuofia. Having viewed Umuofia's culture as tending to be relatively stationary as well as harboring unstable equilibrium, one can explain the validity of such a statement by describing various events of social heroism that occur in the novel which can effectively justify its truth. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Colonialism and Indigenous Society in Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart'
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A seven page paper looking at the degree to which the indigenous Ibo society depicted by Chinua Achebe in this novel actually collaborated with the white imperialists who came to take over their land. The paper argues that the Ibo allowed the West to gain a foothold because their own culture did not allow them opportunity for individual growth, and they mistakenly believed Western society would. No other sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Threats To Religion & Politics
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A 5 page paper discussing Chinua Achebe's first novel. The writer explores whether the arrival of the white man in what is now Nigeria was a greater threat to the established government or religion of the villagers in the story. This paper illustrates that the threat was greater to religion since all political action was based on religion. No additional sources cited.
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Intercultural Communication In 'Things Fall Apart'
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An 8 page paper looking at the nature of intercultural communication in Chinua Achebe's classic novel. The paper defines intercultural communication as necessitating not only a commonality of language but a commonality of viewpoint and assumption. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' / Palm Oil & Proverbs
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A 10 page paper analyzing the importance of the proverbs in Chinua Achebe's novel. The paper looks at six critical analyses of the book and shows how the critics support the view that the use of proverbs is integral to the way Achebe's characters communicate with one another. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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The Character of Okonkwo in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper looking the protagonist of this novel by Chinua Achebe in terms of the way he illustrates the plight of the Ibo culture. The paper asserts that while our own values often contrast with those of Okonkwo, we understand the poignancy of his fate. No other sources.
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Nwoye in Things Fall Apart
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This 5 page paper delves into this novel’s minor character Nwoye and expresses his importance in the work. The father-son relationship is explored as a repetitive element. Gender is noted as being of significance. Quotes are used to support the thesis. The work is the only source listed.
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Education in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper looking at this book in terms of its treatment of education. The paper argues that before the British imperialists came, the members of the Ibo tribe were far from uneducated and uncivilized; they simply had devised educational and socializing methods which differed from the Western model, but which worked for them. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Moral Lessons in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper looking at Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s work in terms of the moral lessons the reader takes away with him. The paper asserts that morality is central to literature because it allows fiction to guide us in the way we live our lives. No additional sources.
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Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
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This 5 page paper assesses Okonkwo’s responsibility in his own situation. How much of his own psychological motivation creates his dilemma versus either fate or other outside sources? The paper explains how this protagonist is partly to blame. No additional sources.
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Social Instability in Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A five page paper looking at the social forces binding the Ibo to tradition in Chinua Achebe’s acclaimed novel. The paper points out that Achebe’s insights illustrate Bronislaw Malinowski’s theories of social change. Bibliography lists four sources.
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Two Views on Conservatism
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A 6 page analysis of Achebe's Things Fall Apart as understood through a perspective aided by Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. The writer argues that although these two works deal with totally different cultures in totally different time frames, the commonality of human experience gives them quite a few points of similarity. Specifically, they both address the ramifications of rapidly cultural change and how it can be affected by conservative elements within that culture. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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The Individual and Society in Achebe and Hurston
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A five page paper looking at the way Chinua Achebe's protagonist Okonkwo in "Things Fall Apart" and Zora Neale Hurston's protagonist Janie Crawford in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" function as subversive elements within their society due to their inability to understand either its changing face (in the case of Okonkwo) or its basic realities (in the case of Janie). No additional sources.
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The Nation-State: A Curse for Africa?
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5 pages in length. In Black Man's Burden, author Basil Davidson argues that the nation-state has proved a curse for the African independent nation. When we examine the works of several different authors it is easy to discover that Davidson speaks the truth: that the nation-state has indeed proved to be a curse for Africa. This paper also considers Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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The 'Feminine Principle' In Four Multicultural Authors
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A 6 page paper looking at the strength of the woman's perspective in four works from all over the world: James Joyce's 'Araby,' Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart,' Ding Ling's 'When I Was in Xia Village,' and Pramoedya Ananta Toer's 'Inem'. The paper concludes that of those stories discussed, the female principle is strongest in Achebe's African story because his women seem to have the strongest support system and strongest sense of self. Bibliography lists two sources.
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English use by non-native writers/ Achebe and Walcott
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A 6 page research paper and analysis of the use of English by Chinua Achebe in "Things Fall Apart," and Derek Walcott in "The Star-Apple Kingdom." Both of these writers choose to express himself in the language of colonial oppression— English— rather then in a language native to his region. The writer explores why. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Chinua Achebe’s “Things Falling Apart
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An 8 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart
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A 10 page argumentative essay on the option lost during the change in Ibo society of which Chinua Achebe writes. The writer posits that the British definition of Ibo society based on the actions of Okonkwo, cost it its identities in the justice and spiritual realms, and that Achebe’s point was that there was another option—the option of coexistence. Had the power abusers not defined Ibo, the change would have been one of acceptance of both cultures and the loss of none. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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