Things Fall Apart

Aspects of society depicted in Things Fall Apart

Traditional societies are often thought to be generally free of internal conflicts about values, and to be fixed and essentially unchanging over time. What aspects of the society depicted in Things Fall Apart might resist those assumptions?

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In Things Fall Apart the internal conflicts are always simmering under a forced acceptance of the status-quo. Okonkwo has multiple wives which he often treats in different ways. Ekwefi goes through much hardship at the expense of her husband. Nwoye, Okonkwo's son, must endure being called weak like a girl. Okonkwo kills his adopted son Ikemefuna out of superstition but this act damages him mentally.