Forces of Colonization in "Things Fall Apart" Book Review

An analytical review of Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," focusing on the effect of colonization on a father-son relationship.
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Published on Jan 01, 2011 in Literature (African)


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This paper provides an analytical review of Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart," focusing on the effect of colonization on the father-son relationship between Okonkwo and Nyowe. The paper explains that a personal and culture-triggered difference between Okonkwo and Nyowe, before and after the colonization in the novel, traces the forces of society that shape Nyowe's and Okonkwo's reception of culture, clan, masculinity and Igbo psychology. The paper notes that even though their communities were the same, Okonkwo and Nwoye grew up in different generations. The paper concludes that the psychological domination of the Igbo culture, which percolates and co-opts itself in the minds of both the father and the son, produces varied effects on them.

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"The legitimization of male-centred traditions in Umuofia resonates, in many ways, with Raymond Williams view that dominating traditions often aspire to an "active and continuous selection and reselection". We have to come to terms with them even though they are the valuations of men. Also, critics have suggested that Achebe might have a political faction while choosing this legitimized patriarchy because he deliberately was projecting an image of the Masculine society in response the generalization people make by calling the colonized feminine and weakened and thus justified their rule."

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Forces of Colonization in "Things Fall Apart" (2011, January 01) Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/forces-of-colonization-in-things-fall-apart-146532/

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"Forces of Colonization in "Things Fall Apart"" 01 January 2011. Web. 27 January. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/forces-of-colonization-in-things-fall-apart-146532/>

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