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Things Fall APART

Let me introduce the book,<<Things Fall Apart>>. You may wonder what the title means, and may be also curious about what the writer was trying to give a message through these words “things fall apart”. The book, an Afircan Novel was written in the 19th century in Nigeria. At that time, the traditional society of Africa was being collapsed and the new Western imperialism was showing its face. The author not only blamed and emphasized the violence of imperialism, but also haven't raised voice to set back the tradition or to pursue the community spirit. He only drew the actual changes in Nigeria due to Ibo and missionaries from England.

To tell the conclusion,the title of the book, “things fall apart” signifies the broken tradition of Africa by the Western civilization. The main character, Okonkwo was the one who resisted the big change happening in his society, and he made an effort to prevent his tribe from losing its intrinsic culture. However, as more and more missionaries came across to spread its civilization, the number of people who followed them increased, including the Okokwo’s first son. As a result, he lost everything he had-money, power, trust, honor and family and eventually ends his life by suiciding. We can guess that the author tried to show the result of formation in new western culture by this tragic story.

The reason why I recommend this book is because it gives you a chance to think about our country, Korea when we also had a dark history of being ruled by Japan. As Africa described in the story, Koreans would have also experienced the phenomenon of losing all, things 'fall apart' they had. Connecting the story to Korea may give you a special chance of an inspiring reading.

한채연  jenny010320@naver.com

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