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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary analysis of Things Fall Apart for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Summary and characters in Things Fall Apart
- Literary analysis and criticism
- Igbo culture and religion
- Major themes in the book
- Portrayal of gender roles
- Conflict in the novel
- Literary devices found in the book
- Use of irony
- Metaphor and simile
- Personification and point of view
- Key vocabulary terms used in the book
1. Things Fall Apart: Summary, Characters & Themes
Things Fall Apart tells the tragic story of a Nigerian tribesman who holds on to tradition in a changing world. In this lesson, you'll learn about the basic story and the characters involved, and you'll pick up on a few of the novel's major themes.
2. Things Fall Apart Literary Analysis & Criticism
Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' is a classic of African literature and a famous example of post-colonial writing. Complete this lesson to learn more about post-colonialism in this novel.
3. Igbo Culture in Things Fall Apart: Examples & Quotes
Culture and traditions are a major part of Chinua Achebe's novel 'Things Fall Apart.' In this lesson you'll learn about Igbo culture and how it contributes to the novel as a whole.
4. Igbo Religion in Things Fall Apart: Examples & Quotes
In ''Things Fall Apart'' by Chinua Achebe, religion plays a major role in our understanding of the novel. We watch as the Igbo people struggle with the impact religion has on a culture.
5. Themes in Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe's famous novel 'Things Fall Apart' is still widely read today, in part because of its interesting, relatable themes. Learn about a few of those themes in this lesson.
6. Gender Roles in Things Fall Apart
The African clan of Umuofia described by Chinua Achebe in ''Things Fall Apart'' is highly differentiated by gender. In this lesson, you'll learn about the different roles men and women serve in the novel.
7. The Role of Women in Things Fall Apart
The Umuofian society described in 'Things Fall Apart' has strict gender roles. In this lesson, you'll learn about the role and treatment of women in the novel and how this influences character behavior.
8. Religion in Things Fall Apart
In this lesson, we'll learn about the religion of Igbo, their beliefs, and some of their gods in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.' We'll also learn how Igbo contrasts with Christianity.
9. Conflict in Things Fall Apart
In 'Things Fall Apart' conflict is integral to the plot and overall message. This lesson will take a closer look two examples: Okonkwo fighting for his reputation, and the Umuofia clan fighting against white missionaries and government.
10. Literary Devices in Things Fall Apart
Literary devices are the tools authors use to help their story. They can help in many different ways. In this lesson we'll look at the literary devices Chinua Achebe uses in ''Things Fall Apart.''
11. Irony in Things Fall Apart
Irony is a very common literary device that can help add depth to plot points and characters' actions. In this lesson you'll learn about irony and how it used in Chinua Achebe's novel ''Things Fall Apart.''
12. Imagery in Things Fall Apart
Imagery is a very common literary device, and it can serve a number of purposes in literature. In this lesson, you'll learn about imagery and how it is used in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.'
13. Foreshadowing in Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe's novel ~'Things Fall Apart~' takes the reader through the personal fall from power of a clan leader, Okonkwo. The downfall of the main character is foreshadowed by events and themes brought out in the first two sections of the tale. This lesson will explain some instances of foreshadowing.
14. Metaphors in Things Fall Apart
In 'Things Fall Apart,' Chinua Achebe uses metaphors sparingly, but when he does they are incredibly powerful. We will look at the use of metaphor and the impact it has on our understanding of the characters and the story in this novel.
15. Similes in Things Fall Apart
In the story ''Thing Falls Apart'', Chinua Achebe uses vivid language to make the story come alive. One way he achieves this is by using similes. In this lesson, we will look at some important similes from the novel.
16. Personification in Things Fall Apart
One literary device that can serve multiple purposes in a story is personification. In this lesson, you'll learn about personification and how it is used in Chinua Achebe's novel 'Things Fall Apart.'
17. Point of View in Things Fall Apart
In this lesson, you will get a brief overview of the three types of narration used in novels as well as a detailed overview of the specific type used in 'Things Fall Apart.' We will advance your understanding of point of view by analyzing the author's use of third person narration, and how it furthers the mission of the book.
18. Things Fall Apart Vocabulary
This lesson will introduce the meaning and context of several vocabulary words from 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. Included will be quotes where they appear and an analysis.
Things Fall Apart Vocabulary Flashcards
Use this flashcard set to become familiar with both African (such as 'Egwugwu') and English (such as 'delectable' and 'incipient') vocabulary terms used in Chinua Achebe's novel, ''Things Fall Apart.''
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