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ESSAY ON THINGS FALL APART BY CHINUA ACHEBE Things fall apart tells a story of an African tribe and its cultures It tells the story of the life of a man by the name of Okonkwo by his lifelong friend Obierika Okonkwo a well-respected member of his village had an undying desire to be manly at all times He was a father and a husband of three wives and worked very hard to support his family he began doing so at a very young age Under no circumstances would he ever warrant the assumption by any man that he was either weak or afraid The only fear that he did have was that any man think such of him Okonkwo had a very short violent temper that was immediately triggered in response to actions that he deemed to be weak of another Unfortunately almost every time that Okonkwo let loose his violent temper in his manly way he brought trouble upon himself as well as those around him Though highly respected in his village Okonkwo was exiled and banished from the village for seven years This was the result of the murder of a clansman Although the act was truly accidental during the funeral of an elder in the village to kill fellow clansmen was not accepted During the ceremony guns where fired Okonkwo accidentally fired his gun killing the son of the dead elder Since this was done accidentally he was able to return to the village with his family after being banished for seven years During the seven years of his exile the Ibo village started to fall apart The downfall of the Ibo spiritually was the mechanism that triggered the downfall of the Ibo village and its livelihood White missionaries emerged on the village bringing with them their Christian religion and beliefs that were totally different from the Ibo people This was
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