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Things Fall Apart eNotes Lesson Plan
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Nigerian author Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) grew up in a community divided between two cultures, African and European. Although he and his family lived in the village of Ogidi, surrounded by the Ibo (pronounced Ee-bo) culture and the traditions of their ancestors, Achebe’s parents were Christians and embraced many elements of Western culture. Achebe remembers that the Christians in his community looked down upon the people who maintained their African religion and culture, and vice versa. Achebe’s parents intended that he live a Western lifestyle; they named him Albert and sent him to Western-style schools. However, when Achebe went away to college and began to understand the violent past and difficult relationship between Africa and Europe, he changed his name to Chinua Achebe and dedicated himself to his African heritage.
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