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What are the major themes of things fall apart Chinua Achebe?no

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Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM via web

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What are the major themes of things fall apart Chinua Achebe?


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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM (Answer #1)

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One of the major themes of the novel is the conflict between the two traditions, that of the Igbo and that of the incoming Christian missionaries and other Europeans.  The customs of the Igbo that are so horrifying to the Europeans such as the killing of twins or the banishment of certain members of the tribe lead to serious conflicts between the two.

Another theme that is explored is that of choice and consequence and it is examined mainly through the way that Okonkwo's choices lead to other choices that affect his fate.

Another theme that comes up in the novel is change and in particular the cultural changes that occur in the tribe with the arrival of the white missionaries.


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