Things Fall Apart

What doe the parables in the story have to do with what is going on with the characters in the novel?


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Parables or myth-stories serve as a spiritual, moral and practical compass for the Igbo. THey teach reasoning, tradition and cultural values. Different characters take different stories and assimilate them into their life. Okonkwo, for example, prefers the violent masculine stories of his ancestors to act out in his own exploits.