Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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How does the setting of Things Fall Apart affect/reflect the characters, plot, themes and such?

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The setting of Things Fall Apart takes place at the turn of the 20th century in both the Iguedo and Mbanta regions of Lower Nigeria. By selecting this time period, Achebe portrays the culture of the Igbo tribe before and after European imperialism. Traditional Igbo culture and practices are depicted throughout Okonkwo 's earlier life. Okonkwo's rise to fame is illustrated in the first half of the novel before European arrival. Okonkwo earns his titles by becoming a prestigious warrior and successful farmer. Traditional Igbo customs regarding marriage, justice, and religion are depicted as rich, sensible, and meaningful. When Okonkwo becomes an exile after accidentally killing Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son, Achebe illustrates the gradual demise of the Igbo culture as Europeans begin the colonization process. Colonization begins with the introduction of Christianity and education. Gradually, the Christian mission in Umuofia gains popularity, and the rift between the church and the village...

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