How is Things Fall Apart relevant to the world around us?

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Many relevant lessons can be drawn from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. One lesson is seen when Okonkwo follows the crowd rather than following his own conscience and moral beliefs. Because of this, he ends up facing great guilt and other consequences.

Okonkwo ends up adopting a young child, Ikemefuna, from a neighboring village. This boy is given (along with a young virgin girl) to Okonkwo's village (Umuofia) from the neighboring village to maintain peace. Okonkwo slowly grows to love Ikemefuna and begins to treat him as his own son. In chapter seven, we hear about how much a part of Okonkwo's family Ikemefuna had become:

"For three years Ikemefuna lived in Okonkwo's household and the elders of Umuofia seemed to have forgotten about him. He grew rapidly like a yam tendril in the rainy season, and was full of the sap of life. He had become wholly absorbed into his new family" (ch. 7).

Okonkwo's friends and neighbors see how much a part of the family that Ikemefuna had become. For instance,...

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