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Things Fall Apart Presenters: Hilary Deuser, Shelby Ritchie, and Sam Watkins
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe November 16, 1930: Born in Ogidi, Nigeria to Isaiah Okafo and Janet N. Achebe. September 10, 1961: Married Christie Chinwe Okoli. Four children Parents were devout Protestants. Christened him after Prince Albert. Paralyzed from waist down in 1990.
Achebe Attended Government College Founder of new literature. The finest of the Nigerian novelists. Among the best novelists now writing in the English language. Able to avoid imitating the trends in English literature.
Achebe Believes any good story should have a message. Feel for African context influence him. First Nigerian writer to successfully transmute the conventions of the novel into African literature.
Ibo Background SE Nigeria 1900-Protectorate of Southern Nigeria Independence from Britain – 1960 Republic of Biafra – 1967 Civil War – thousands killed
Ibo Culture Language Niger-Congo Kwa Holidays Family Life Food Employment
Impact of the Europeans Laws and trials Rituals Marriage Food Leadership Social status
Beliefs Chukwu Chi Minor Gods Mmo and Egwugwu
Beliefs Titles Marriage Uri Isa-ifi Religion
Okonkwo Leader Fear of weakness Tragic hero “manly” vs. “unmanly”
Themes Masculinity Fate and Freewill Tribal belief Fear Social Disintegration Struggle between change and tradition
Role of Women Perceived as weak lesser people. Sadly oppressed with no power. Terribly mistreated and beaten. No respect outside of role as mother or wife. Played an inferior role in society. Priestess
Title “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats Chaos brought by European/Christian invasion Change
Title “ Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.” https://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=CT3mxK-oVgU
Commentary Why is it important? World is changing Learn to adapt Need to adapt to survive What makes it good literature? Style-tragedy Subject How successful was Achebe in breaking the stereotype? Gave African Americans a voice
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