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Things Fall Apart Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer Things fall apart the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world When Chinua Achebe was writing the book Things Fall Apart he had just read and thought about the poem written by William Butler Yeats The book has many similar qualities and many of the things in the book symbolize objects in the poem For example the tribe becoming farther apart and widening of ideas is like the first line of the poem Or Okonkwos son leaving him to convert is like the second line Out of the third line comes the title of Chinuas book and the clan and life altogether for Okonkwo falling out the bottom The fourth line has a lot of similarities to when the white men come to Umuofia The poem made Chinua write the book Things Fall Apart because he felt so moved by the poetry of William Butler Yeats The first line of the poem The Second Coming is very similar to the section of the book Things Fall Apart when the tribe is loosing its camaraderie and heading more in the direction of the new religion The widening gyre is the tribe becoming further apart Obierika said Our own men and our sons have joined the ranks of the stranger They have joined his religion and they help to uphold his governmentPg 161 Paragraph 6 The tribe may have been able to get rid of the missionaries earlier but now it is too late and there are too many converts in their village so to fight the religion would be like to fight with their friends The problem has gotten out of hand they cannot stop the new wave of change in the way the tribe handles its business The missionaries are the gyre spinning the tribe out of control unable to stop in its tracks
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