The first part deals with the vindication of tribal life in Africa and the rise in power and authority of Okonkwo. Okonkwo, the protagonist is introduced, along with the intricacies and rituals of the Igbo culture that serve as his backdrop.
Nativism as a philosophy assumes that the mind needs no sources external to its culture in the production of ideas. As such, cultural nativism as portrayed by Achebe, speaks volumes of the quest and affirmation for the autochthonous self against pressing outside forces. You construct a very elaborate excuse for your action.
You say, for instance, that the man in question is worthless And quite unfit to manage himself or his affairs…if the worse the comes to the worst, you may even be prepared to question whether such as he can be, like you, fully human.
With the rich use of storytelling, myths, legends and folktales, Achebe expresses the reality that Africans are indeed creative in their intellectual framework. In addition, the Ogwugwu cult which serves as a judiciary to settle disputes according to laid down customs, gives more credence to this reality.
Through this, the writer maintains the fact that the Umuofia people of Eastern Nigeria, setting of the novel, have an identity and culture that holds its own just like any other in any part of the world. The very reason he wrote in English language so as to explain in detail and comprehensive form to the Europeans by transliterating the Igbo culture and world view in a way that the English language cannot adequately capture.
Until the advent of colonialism, Achebe portrays the Umuofia culture as unobtrusively smooth and embraced by the people although with some shortcomings which the surging European culture exposed via it religion.
For instance the killing of twins and the Osu caste system. Nwoye in particular was caught between defining his identity, just as many youth of today who are trapped between their culture and that of the West.
As a story about a culture on the verge of change, Things Fall Apart deals with how the prospect of change affects various characters.
The tension whether change should be privileged over tradition often involves questions of personal status. Okonkwo, for example, resists the new political and religious orders because he feels that they are not manly enough for him.
His sense of self-worth is dependent upon the traditional standards by which society judges him. It must be highlighted that throughout the novel, Achebe shows how dependent such traditions are upon storytelling and language and thus, how quickly the abandonment of the Igbo language for English could lead to the eradication of these traditions.
This is because a language encapsulates the cultures and tradition of any group of people. It is on this basis that Okonkwo took it upon himself, having lost Nwoye and his respect in the society to the Western culture, to fight and regain cultural independence.
A subtle tool in the hand of the writer to achieve cultural nativism. In other words the Umuofia culture must accept change uphold its own, yet exist alongside other cultures.
The novel did not fail to explain African traditions as it relates to realism and modernism and indeed the use of non-African languages English language.
This reveals that though nativism speaks in the name of culture, it is actually based on race, yet culture and race are hardly collapsible therefore no culture can claim dominance over another.The Inflexibility and Hubris of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart This novel is the definitive tragic model about the dissolution of the African Ibo culture by Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe.
Main Characters. Okonkwo: Okonkwo is the main character of Things Fall initiativeblog.com is depicted as a well known, "strong man" in the nine villages of Nigeria. He gained his fame for his accomplishments in wrestling, particularly his defeat of Amalinze the Cat, a great wrestler who had been undefeated until his match with Okonkwo.
Okonkwo’s fate and the worldview of Things Fall Apart Andrew Foley Department of English paid to Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (), certain key aspects of Umuofia, the clan would not have fallen apart and Okonkwo would not. This study investigates aspects of the meaning of proverbs in the work of a Nigerian author, Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.
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The story's main theme concerns pre- and post-colonial life in late nineteenth century Nigeria.