Things Break Down Book Evaluation
From the on set of the unique “Things Break down”, Chinua Achebe worries the value of culture and customs of the indigenous Igbo individuals before European impacts. Achebe represents his protagonist Okonkwo as a prime example of one African person who was unable to adjust to the modifications brought by the European missionaries. “Things break down” is a novel about the conflicts brought by Nigeria’s white colonial government and the true cultures and traditions of the Igbo individuals.
Chinua Achebe studied history and theology in an English university where he was exposed to European customs and to the stereotypes of African cultures. Having his own experience with a multi cultural training he had a various perspective. Achebe was not willing to accept the European judgments on Africa so he wrote this unique as a within voice to show how the traditions and changes in the Indigenous Igbo tribe impacted the people of their society (Enzemwa 1997).
He does an excellent task of showing us that when the missionaries entered into the country they did not comprehend the African cultures, specifically Igbo traditions and religions. Achebe uses his primary character of the book, Okonkwo, to represent an inability to adjust to social modifications. Achebe has an intriguing viewpoint from the point of view inside the turmoil that was developed by the European presence in Africa. He depicts Okonkwo as stubborn when he is confronted with the series of modifications. Okonkwo’s strong view that adjusting to the modifications would not be masculine is an essential aspect to his death.
Okonkwo lived in a society where males controlled and by embodying the worths of manliness, he handled his own technique to life and how he handled issues in society. Through out the unique Okonkwo beats his spouses and son, in addition to partaking in the murder of Ikememfuna to show his manly quality. Much of these are arguable regarding whether they affirm Okonkwo’s masculinity or if they draw out his true weak point and influenced his destruction. When returned from his exile he finds himself at a crossroad to accept the changes, or to eliminate against them.
When Okonkwo discovers that his kid, Nwoye, remained in truth one of the very first to join the missionaries he feels that his kid has failed him. Achebe was generally focused on the individual of Okonkwo throughout the novel and how Okonkwo was unable to adjust to the missionaries. By checking out further into the story we are able to acquire an understanding of Achebe’s antagonistic characters. Many Umuofian individuals “Did not feel as strongly as Okonkwo about the brand-new dispensation” (Achebe 1994: 178), since the Europeans had actually brought trading posts and money into the country.
Achebe brings to our attention that although the 2 faiths were rather different, they welcomed open discussion on the differences as they sought out to comprehend each other’s beliefs. The calm debate in between Mr. Brown and Akunna in chapter twenty-one exhibits that the differences in between the races are rather misunderstood, but much better left untouched (Achebe 1994). Through the character of Okonkwo, Achebe explains the negative impacts that these changes brought through one specific character.
On the contrary, this was not the case for all the tribe members; a number of them were able to adapt and welcome the brand-new ideas in a more effortless manner. Although a few of the people members discovered this experience terrible, the majority of people in the people thought that they ought to not combat the modifications and converted with less of a challenge. With time the tribe started to like the trading posts and the schools as it gave them numerous tasks and brand-new forms of education. In the unique “Things break down”, the primary character, Okonkwo, thought to be living his life in conjunction to tribal beliefs.
While many people were accepting the new faith, his mindset remained in direct conflict with the teachings of the missionaries. As the tribe accepted and adjusted towards the Christian worths, Okonkwo could not permit himself to do so. Because of his failure to accept change he discovers himself returning to Umuofia as a totally free guy and ending his life as a self-perpetuated, self-exiled member from his family and general society. In this novel, the author Chinua Achebe has extreme reliability because he lived in Africa and understands the intrusion of the Europeans thoroughly. His personal experiences dictate the result of the story.
While worrying the negative impacts brought by the European Missionaries, Achebe represents an insufficient story. He has based his story on a specific member in the people and does not clearly explain the Igbo individuals all together. Nonetheless, this story is well written and detailed, it keeps the readers captivated and engaged. Bibliography Achebe, Chinua. 1994. Things Break Down. New York: Anchor Books. Khapoya, Vincent. 2010. The African Experience, An intro. United States: Pearson Education, Inc. Ohaeto Enzemwa. 1997 “Chinua Achebe: A Bio,” United States: Indiana University Press.