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Chinua Achebe integrates many devices in his writing to make readers sympathise with the culture in Things Fall Apart He uses strategies such as showing snapshots of the Ibo culture and colouring the readers senses with aural visual and olfactory language He also uses humour and irony imagery and metaphors as well as showing the effects white people have on the Nigerian people Chinua Achebe uses snapshots of the Ibo culture to express what the people value and their way of life He does this by not changing some words such as obi egwugwu chi ogene and kwenu which are some of the many words he used in Nigerian language By accumulating some of these words Chinua Achebe portrays the language and teaches the readers the culture of the people He also portrays a photographic view of the peoples values using their morals stories proverbs and song lyrics If I hold her hand She says dont touch If I hold her foot She says Dont touch But when I hold her waist beads She pretends not to know Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe page104 The author uses this simple song to show that the Ibo people even had popular groups like bands to make the reader understand and empathise with their culture It portrays what the young females value in their society and this song shows their reluctance then their readiness in love and possession It gives a visual image of the Nigerian values and code of life Chinua Achebe uses visual aural and olfactory language to colour our senses and portray the climate the images and the way the Ibo people react to certain scenarios The birds were silenced in the forests and the world lay panting under live vibrating heat And then came the clap of thunder It was angry metallic and a thirsty clap unlike the deep and liquid rumbling of the rainy season A vague
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