Achebe`s Things Fall Apart- diagnosis of decay Andrea Fischer

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Published: March 8th 2003

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Achebe`s Things Fall Apart- diagnosis of decay  by  Andrea Fischer

Achebe`s Things Fall Apart- diagnosis of decay by Andrea Fischer
March 8th 2003 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 22 pages | ISBN: | 10.48 Mb

Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Tubingen (New Philology Fakulty), 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Things Fall Apart isMoreSeminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Tubingen (New Philology Fakulty), 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Things Fall Apart is Chinua Achebe`s first novel. It is about the land of the Ibo in the easternregion of present- day Nigeria, in the period between 1850- 1900.

It is the period shortly beforeand after the arrival of the white men in this part of West Africa. Achebe`s nineteenth centuryAfrica witnesses the end of an era and the beginning of twentieth century Europeanization,with all its implied consequences for another stage – the future history of postcolonial Africa.Things Fall Apart gives us a vision of the Ibo`s life in a part of Africa called Umuofia, itshistory and their cultural, religious and political traditions.Also it allows us an insight into thedifferences and problems between the established tradition, that is the Ibo tradition, and theemerging traditions of the white colonizers.

Things Fall Apart is not only the drama of a wholesociety but it also reflects the tragedy of one man, Okonkwo that is worked out of his personalconflicts as well as out of the contrariness of his destiny. This novel shows the changes whichhave taken place in Ibo as a result of the encounter between Europe and Africa during theimperial-colonial period.Things Fall Apart consists of three parts: the first part is set in Umuofia before the arrival ofthe white men.

In the second part, the protagonist`s, Okonkwo`s, banishment from Umuofia toMbanta is dramatized and the arrival of the white men is reported. The third section shows thetragic fall of Okonkwo and the decay of the old ways of life in Ibo society.In my essay I want to discuss wether Achebe`s novel is a diagnosis of decay or rather a reporton Modernization. In my first section I want to give a short insight into the traditional Ibosociety. The second part will focus on the thematic of decay, both for the society as well as forOkonkwo. In my next part I will concentrate on aspects of Modernization.

In the last part ofthis essay I will try bring this novel in a broader context and will try to examine the aspects ofdecay and Modernization on the basis of Foucault`s discourse theory and therefore his theoryon Modernization.



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