Things Break Down
3/4/2013 B Pd. Every society has a special way of handling certain aspects of life. In both Things Fall Apart and Do not Let’s Go To The Canines Tonight, kids are lost in different ways: physically and emotionally. In some cases the problem is a death of an infant, while other times what is lost is a connection rather than a heartbeat. While some characters battle to deal with these undesirable events, others are able to move past them gracefully. Okonkwo and his family look at the loss of children more objectively while the Fullers let the bereavement change their entire lives.
In both books characters need to handle the sorrow of losing a kid, but in Things Break down characters are much less afflicted mentally than the family in Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. With the majority of other guys in his tribe, an absence of emotion depicts superiority. Okonkwo initially reveals his strength when he acts unfazed by the killing of his adopted boy. Ikemefuna was secretly loved by his daddy figure, yet Okonkwo would never ever admit it to the young boy. In fact he even eliminated Ikemefuna so not to reveal an absence of discipline and neutrality. This shows that the loss of a kid is not a life modifying occurrence in his culture.
Along with Ikemefuna’s death, Ekwefi, among Okonkwo’s better halves, needs to deal with the loss of many children due to miscarriage. She is injured by these events but thinks it is menstruation of the Returning Babies. Ekwefi even names them each symbolically for their upcoming deaths. In spite of whatever, she does not seem badly affected by the calamities which occur. After her third kid passes away, she does become a bit resentful as she sees her husband’s other spouses have strong child after child, however that is simple jealously instead of grief.
Achebe says “by the time Onwumbiko passed away, Ekwefi had become a really bitter lady.” Her reaction is reasonable, but she does not let the deaths specify her. Most likely the most ground shaking loss is when Nwoye leaves his clan to sign up with the Christian men. Rather of being upset by this, Okonkwo rejects his child. Obstinately, he does not mourn the estrangement and selects just to happen with his life. After Nwoye leaves, Okonkwo alerts his five other boys that “he is no longer my child or your bro. I will just have a son who is a guy, who will hold his head up amongst my individuals” (172 ).
This brings to the light the reality that there is not much of an effect on him or his family. In truth, the loss helps Okonkwo prove his strength. Ignoring all of his losses is precisely the opposite of what occurs in Do not Let’s Go to The Dogs Tonight. Contrary to the beliefs of Okonkwo, The Fullers completely immerse themselves in the deaths of each of their offspring. The household loses three young infants, two soon after birth and one as a toddler. After the very first kid, Adrian, passes away, Nicola Fuller begins breaking down.
At this point, Bobo is not yet born. When she is outlined Adrian, she is not quite old enough to understand what has taken place and misinterprets the occurrence, informing Duncan that he passed away “due to the fact that Mum and Papa took Vanessa for lunch when he was in the hospital” (89 ). The next 2 losses however, she understands. The impact of Olivia’s unexpected passing shatters the hearts of each of the Fullers. Alexander Fuller discusses the remorse she feels as a result of her sister’s death. Fuller depicts her guilt when she says “I let Olivia drown” (90 ).
Readers have the ability to feel empathy toward her as a young kid, and even as an adult still carrying around the exact same emotional problem. The degree of the pain felt by the household is unimaginable and Alexandra Fuller reveals this by entitling the next chapter “Later,” as if to say that their lives revolve around Olivia. It is parallel to utilizing the dates B. C. and A. D to refer to before and after Christ’s death. The dynamic of the family changes significantly after each passing, and continues to grow with each incident.
The impact is felt throughout the entire book and the children are always remembered. Nicola Fuller, or Mum, is probably the most affected character; rightfully so, as she brings each child for nine months and no faster has their valuable lives ripped from her. The whole book is overflowing with copious quantities of mournfulness and grief. Though the responses of the characters in Things Fall Apart are extremely different to those in Do not Let’s Go to the Pet Dogs Tonight, the loss of kids is a widespread style.
On one side, the members of the Igbo clan suffer from only a small window of sorrow, if any at all, while on the other hand the Fullers endure the mourning eternally and are never ever rather able to move themselves past their sorrow. While it is socially acceptable in the clan to move quickly beyond the sadness, it would be discredited by the peers of the Fullers to continue life without the gloom. In retrospect, it is possible that Nicola Fuller blames Africa for the losses she suffers. When Richard dies, she states “that’s what happens with you have an infant in a totally free African country” (193 ).
Although it is partly her fault due to the reality that she does not look after herself, she forces the blame somewhere else. This impacts the way the loss affects her along with her household. Okonkwo, oppositely, does pass by to blame anyone when he eliminates Ikemefuna, along with when Nwoye leaves. Ekwefi does blame a curse for her losses but she has the ability to progress her life and any unhappiness she may feel is quickly diluted. The loss of a child is a battle for anyone, yet some can move beyond deep space she or he feels while others face the deficit permanently.