Loss of culture and Identity in Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe is an African writer who won the Booker International Prize in 2007. Things Fall Apart is the first novel of Chinua Achebe. It is based on the Igbo Culture. Among the various diversities in African Culture, Igbo is one of the prominent cultures. In this novel, the extreme peak and the complete decline of the culture is clearly explained through the sequence of events. The vanished Igbo culture is represented through the death of the protagonist, Okonkwo. The decline of the culture begins by the entry of the Christian Missionaries. Cultural loss and the British rule in Nigeria are picturised in the novel. Chinua Achebe compares old traditions with the present situation of loss of culture. Loss of one’s own identity leads to the loss of one’s culture. The new generation is unable to follow the traditional culture. The longing of the author is projected through the protagonist, Okonkwo. The two opposite ideas of Tradition and Modernity are expressed through Okonkwo and his Son Nwoye, who converts to Christianity at the end of the novel. This paper will explore how religion, tradition and culture play a role in shaping the individual and community.
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