"''Things Fall Apart"'' is a 1958 novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It concerns the life of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion throughout the nine villages of the Ibo tribe of Umuofia, his three wives, his children (mainly concerning his oldest son Nwoye and his favorite daughter Ezinma), and the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on his traditional Ibo (also spelled Igbo) community.
Things Fall Apart
The novel begins introducing the reader to Okonkwo, the main character of the piece. His physical description is intimidating as one learns Okonkwo is a great wrestler and highly respected among his clan. “Okonkwo was clearly cut out for great things…he was already one of the greatest men of his time” (pg.3). The reader then learns about Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, who is described as being “lazy and improvident” dying heavily in debt, having taken no titles of his land. These titles were recognition of a man's success in life. Most men took at least one, but Unoka was never given any. In Okonkwo's eyes his father was thus a failure and he refuses to become anything like him. Okonkwo works hard to attain wealth and respe...