Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
A look at the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe from an ethnocentric point of view.
This paper takes a brief look at “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe and analyzes the characters, the skill of the author in depicting cruelty and the geographic setting of the novel in Pre-colonial Nigeria.
It is difficult to know how accurate – in an ethnographic or historical sense – Chinua Achebe’s depictions of Nigerian life are without having firsthand (or at least substantial second-hand) experience of life in that country. However, it is possible to assess (from one’s own perspective and set of experiences) whether his descriptions of life in Nigeria ring true in terms of the basic human dynamics that he is describing, and on this level he does seem to have gotten things exactly right.