Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
This paper is a literary review and analysis of the novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe.
This paper examines culture, society, and gender roles in Chinua Achebe’s novel about survival of native clans in pre-colonial societies along the Niger River in `Things Fall Apart`. The author discusses how Igbo tribal members dealt with gender restrictions.
`Achebe’s use of the motif agbala in Things Fall Apart showed the importance of clear and distinct gender roles to the survival of the Igbo. In spite of Okonkwo’s profound fear of being seen as weak or womanly, most men in the male dominated society still accorded respect toward women. The roles were re-enforced among the Igbo through conscious identification with one’s own gender, by the religious structure and the social mores. The language, specifically the terms and phrases they used which were reflected in the narration, effectively integrated gender, religion and social mores to help the Igbo survive as a people.`