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bhavna | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2008 at 10:34 PM via web

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Justify the title "Things Fall Apart" in relation to the text.

In terms of 'Community' and refering closely to 'Okonkwo'

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bhavna | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 15, 2008 at 10:50 PM (Answer #1)

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With Nwoye's departure, things fall apart for Okonkwo. Being Okonkwo's son, he was supposed to make Okonkwo's name live,  to continue  the  tribe's traditions, but his hopes for Nwoye are destroyed. 

We see from the beginning that things fall apart: Customs and traditions are no longer respected. E.g. men who refuses to make sacrifies to his ancestors. The palm-wine tapper who abandons his job. Wine-tappers of the new generations tap the palm trees to DEATH!

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 16, 2008 at 3:25 AM (Answer #2)

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The title of the novel is taken from W. B. Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” which describes history as a succession of spirals. Achebe alludes to the third line of the poem which reads, "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold" This is what occurred in Africa in the nineteenth century as "the center", traditional world of the Igbo people, collided with the colonial forces of the twentieth century. Okonkwo, once a leader in the Ibo culture, is banned from his clan for seven years. When he returns, his culture is being attacked by the influence of the missionaries and English bureaucrats. Okonkwo cannot adapt to the changes and kills himself. Ironically, this is what brings his tribe back to honor custom. Achebe uses Okonkwo to show how things fall apart when tradition clashes with change.

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