Things Fall Apart

In what ways do the perception of animals of the Ibo villagers differ from our own society?

Animals such as the cat, the locust, and the python

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The indigenous people in this story navigate and contemplate life through myth. Much of this myth surrounds animal imagery. The Igbo often use animal imagery to teach moral lessons, neutralize arguments and reinforce beliefs. Thus, the people are able to navigate their reality. Tales about how the tortoise shell became bumpy and the eating of the python as a transition to the spiritual underscores the importance of animal imagery in their lives.