Things fall apart
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1. The title of the novel is taken from a William Butler Yeats poem entitled “The Second Coming”.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
Consider these lines in relation to the novel – what is the center and why does it not hold?
2. How do the missionaries set the stage for colonial control? Who are the first converts, and why do these people find Christianity so appealing?
3. How do religion and education relate to power in this novel?
4. Is the story told about the Igbo and colonization only relevant to this specific Nigerian group or is it representative of other colonized groups as well?
5. Achebe felt very strongly about Africans taking “into their own hands the telling of their story” and set out to tell the story of European colonization from an African perspective. To what extent is Things Fall Apart successful in communicating an alternative narrative to the dominant Western history of missionaries in Africa and other colonized societies?
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