Why do you think Achebe chooses to create a protagonist for Things Fall Apart that hardly develops across the novel? How does this choice affect the presentation of the novel's key themes?

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The simple and easy answer would be that great storytelling often relies on contrast. For example, coming-of-age novels tend to use very static settings to show that their protagonist follows the footsteps of many others as they grow. It helps to focus on the character and their internal conflict if the world they live in roughly stays the same. That is not a rule, of course, but it's one way to create the contrast. In this case, however, Achebe has chosen to show a society in the midst of a massive shift through the eyes of a man who does not change and does not want to change.

Okonkwo goes through life like a strong tree that would rather break than bend. Achebe manages to show both the positive and negative qualities that stem from that. On the one hand, Okonkwo's strength and stubbornness make him a man who is respected, feared, and praised. He suffers life's hardships without complaint and never gives up. On the other, his unwillingness to grow and question things leads him to accept...

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