Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Table of Contents

Important background 3

Nigeria 3

Plot overview 5

Important facts 7

Character profiles 8

Themes 11

Change vs. Tradition 11

Masculinity 11

Language as Cultural Difference 11

Important background

Things Fall Apart is considered by many critics as the most authentic story written about life in Nigeria in the early 1900s. The novel takes its title from a verse in WB Yeats’ poem, The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the...

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