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Things fall Apart The culture of the Umuofia society before the colonialinfiltration may be hard to understand but we are forced byAchebe to realize it has traditions and customs that make itwork Although looking at it from our Judaeo-Christian point ofview we may be appalled by some of their practices We also haveto realize that they have strengths Things Fall apart is the idea of balance andinterdependence earth and sky individual and community man andwoman or different perspectives on the same situation Thecentral image of this balance is contained in the Ibo concept ofchi which occurs throughout the novel A persons chi istheir destiny his inner self you wouldnt challenge your chito a wrestling match as did Okonkwo when he assisted in thekilling of Ikemefuna whom he loved and who called him fatherOkonkwo sins not only against the earth goddess protector offamily relations but also against his inner most feelings or hischi Any bad luck that occurs people of this culture wouldsay that you have a bad chi Okonkwos destiny is marked by bad luck one reason may bethat he is so driven by the fear of resembling his father that hestruggles to repress part of his personality with predictablyafflicted results This was a society where a man was judged by his ownachievement and not that of his fathers Yams were the primarycrop of Umuofia A sign of manliness was if you could farm yamsto feed your family Okonkwo is respected because of his hardwork The complex patterns of Umuofias economic and socialcustoms materialize throughout this novel as we see Okonkwocompelled to rid himself of any similarities that his father had Unoka had no titles was lazy and when he died was greatly indebt Some may wonder how a society like the Ibos functioned howthey enforce its laws with no kings no organized police forceand no standing army Indeed this is something
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