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Things Fall Apart Summary

        In the beginning of the book, it talks about Okonkwo’s victory, beating the Amalinze cat (page 1, chapter 1), showing his strength. Its says that Okonkwo is widely known and well respected. Okonkwo was known as a wealthy farmer, and worked on his own, without the help of his father. Okonkwo had three wives, and was a strong, manly warrior.

        The rising action is when Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna in chapter 7, even after Ikemefuna helped with the yams, and was a good influence on Okonkwo’s son, Nwoye. also, when an egwugwu is unmasked, and then the egwugwu burn down the church. The part of the book when the white men come in, causes a lot of problems, causing there to be more action and tension between the characters.

The conflict in Thing Fall Apart, is mainly the tension between the traditional, folk culture of the Umuofia society, and the new traditions, and religion, brought over by the white men. When the white men start building churches, and changing their customs, that is when everything starts to fall apart, because more villagers are converting. Another conflict, is man vs self, okonkwo's drive to be as opposite of his father as possible. Okonkwo tries so hard to be different from his father, that he forgets about his own family. Okonkwo's conflict is an internal conflict.

The climax in this book is during the town meeting, where Okonkwo accidentally shoots the six-teen year old boy. it was during the funeral of an elder,they were performing a ritual, were okonkwo accidentally shot off his gun. killing a fellow clan member is one of the worst things you could do, but since everyone knew it was an accident, Okonkwo and his family were only banned for seven years.

Falling action is when the villagers of Umuofia start to convert to the church. more and more villagers were turning over to the white mans religion (christianity), after the white men stayed in the evil forest, without dying. okonkwo, realising how weak the clan has become, commits suicide.



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