Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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What is the main theme in Things Fall Apart and the conclusion?

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Picking a single, main theme from this book is difficult. There is more than one theme that is central to the story, and different readers are going to identify more closely with various themes.

One theme that has been passionately discussed by my students in recent years is the theme of gender roles presented in this book. Women are portrayed as needing to be three things. They need to be a beautiful bride, a submissive wife, and a baby-producer. Men are supposed to be material providers for their families and display battlefield prowess. Okonkwo also believes that men are superior to women; however, savvy readers will pick up on the fact that the "manly" and "womanly" roles are meant to work in concert and harmony with each other. One is not...

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