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Why the Book is Entitled Things Fall Apart I believe that the title Things Fall Apart refers to the fact that without proper balance things do fall apart The notion of balance in the novel is an important theme throughout the book Beginning with the excerpt from Yeats poem The Second Coming the concept of balance is stressed as important for without balance order is lost In the novel there is a system of balance which the Ibo culture seems to depend upon It is when this system is upset that things fall apart Okonkwo the Ibo religion and ultimately the Ibos autonomy were brought to their demise by an extreme imbalance between their male and female aspects These male and female aspects can be generally described as the external physical strength of the male and the internal passive and nurturing strength of the female It was an imbalance toward the male side that led to the destruction of the people and their culture Okonkwo the main character in the book was the son of Unoka who was a loafer Unoka was too lazy to go out and plant crops on new fertile land preferring to stay at home playing his flute drinking palm wine and making merry with the neighbors He had to borrow money in order to maintain this lifestyle and was never able to pay it back Okonkwo perceived this trait as an imbalance toward the female side in his fathers character staying at home and not using ones strength to provide for the family is what a woman does In reaction Okonkwo completely rejected his father and also his own feminine side It was this deep-rooted antipathy toward anything considered weak or feminine that played a key role in his eventual downfall He became a great wrestler and warrior in his tribe and began providing for his family at a very young age while at the same time
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