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Ch 3: Things Fall Apart Symbols, Symbolism & Setting

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The Symbols, Symbolism and Setting chapter of this 'Things Fall Apart' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study notable symbols and settings used in 'Things Fall Apart.' This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with symbolism and setting.

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  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing symbols and settings in Things Fall Apart
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  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about symbolism and setting in Things Fall Apart for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Use of symbols in Things Fall Apart
  • Folktales and proverbs
  • Main and secondary settings of the novel
  • Traditions portrayed in the book
  • Portrayal of colonialism
  • Concept of Chi in the novel

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Things Fall Apart Symbols, Symbolism & Setting
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Symbols in Things Fall Apart

1. Symbols in Things Fall Apart

Symbols are used often in literature, whether in novels, short stories, or poems. There are many symbols throughout Chinua Achebe's famed postcolonial work 'Things Fall Apart,' and in this lesson you'll learn about a few of the major ones.

The Kola Nut in Things Fall Apart

2. The Kola Nut in Things Fall Apart

This lesson is an analysis of the ceremonial and symbolic significance of the kola nut in Chinua Achebe's ''Things Fall Apart.'' In Igbo culture, the kola nut is a symbolic sign of respect, and it is offered by hosts to make guests feel welcome.

Yams in Things Fall Apart

3. Yams in Things Fall Apart

In 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe, yams are significant because they represent wealth and masculinity to the Umuofia clan. Yams are so important to the Umuofia that their daily lives and celebrations are organized around this vital crop.

The Week of Peace in Things Fall Apart

4. The Week of Peace in Things Fall Apart

In 'Things Fall Apart,' many individual events are discussed that have far-reaching significance. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Week of Peace and how it adds to the novel as a whole.

Traditions in Things Fall Apart

5. Traditions in Things Fall Apart

The many rich traditions of the Umuofia clan guide the people of their society in 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. These time-honored practices encompass many areas of the people's lives, from how to arrange a marriage to how to be a good host.

Folktales in Things Fall Apart

6. Folktales in Things Fall Apart

Folktales are woven into the narrative of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. These stories, in which animals figure prominently, serve as a way to pass on folklore and wisdom to the younger generation of the Umuofia clan.

Proverbs in Things Fall Apart

7. Proverbs in Things Fall Apart

This lesson reviews the definition and purpose of a proverb and goes over some examples that appear in 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. These memorable sayings carry the wisdom of the Igbo clan throughout the work.

The Concept of Chi in Things Fall Apart

8. The Concept of Chi in Things Fall Apart

The Umuofia clan believe in a personal god called chi in 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe. This lesson focuses on the effects of good and bad chi on the clan in the novel.

Colonialism in Things Fall Apart

9. Colonialism in Things Fall Apart

In ''Things Fall Apart'' by Chinua Achebe, the issue of colonialism is front and center for us to examine. In this lesson, we'll look at whether colonialism had a positive or negative impact on the Igbo culture and the novel's protagonist, Okonkwo.

The Locusts in Things Fall Apart

10. The Locusts in Things Fall Apart

This lesson is a discussion of the locusts in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.' Achebe includes the locusts as an allegorical representation of the white missionaries that will soon disrupt the traditional Igbo way of life.

Things Fall Apart Setting

11. Things Fall Apart Setting

The unique setting in 'Things Fall Apart,' by Chinua Achebe, is one of the many things that has made the book a classic. The book gives us a taste of life in Nigeria both before and after the English come to colonize the land and take it away from the natives. Read on for a brief summary of the setting in 'Things Fall Apart.'

The Village of Umuofia in Things Fall Apart

12. The Village of Umuofia in Things Fall Apart

The village of Umuofia is at the heart of the action in Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart.' Umuofia can be seen as a microcosm of Nigerian society, an archetypal village. This lesson describes and analyzes the village's rituals and social customs.

The Evil Forest in Things Fall Apart

13. The Evil Forest in Things Fall Apart

'Things Fall Apart' contains many examples of symbolic and descriptive language. One example is the the Evil Forest. In this lesson, we will take a look at the Evil Forest and what it symbolizes in the story.

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