Things Fall Apart
Please follow the reading schedule for "Things Fall Apart" each week.
You will find the reading schedule to the left of this page.
Assignments are due MONDAY of every week.
Be ready for a pop quiz on the reading at any time!
"Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."
Chinua Achebe's 1961 book is a narrative that follows the life of an Igbo tribe on the very cusp of the time when the wave of colonization washed over Africa.
Set in Nigeria, the book follows the story of Okonkwo, the son of a ne'er do well, who is determined not to end up a failure like his father, but wants to follow tradition and rise in rank within the tribe. But just as the title predicts, Okonkwo's plans for a perfect life go astray. Change is inevitable, and even the best laid plans go astray. In the turbulent time setting, Okonkwo is doomed to lose the traditions he cherishes as his society slowly falls apart.
Things Fall Apart Exam:
Monday, November 5th
Vocabulary and Literary terms (short answer & sentence completion)
Pre-reading Information, Comprehension Questions & Critical Thinking (multiple choice and short answer)
Writing: 200 word essay prompt (be sure to follow the requirements for a journal entry!)
Author: Chinua Achebe
When Things Fall Apart was first published, Achebe announced that one of his purposes was to present a complex, dynamic society to a Western audience who perceived African society as primitive, simple, and backward. Unless Africans could tell their side of their story, Achebe believed that the African experience would forever be "mistold"
Pronunciation Guide (Names):
More about the Igbo Tribe:
(Thank you Eugenio and Benji!)
“The Second Coming”
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
—W. B. Yeats
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe talks about slavery,colonialism, Africa and the African diaspora.
Make a summary of what he has talked about for extra points!
Collect pictures of different African words/items/places, etc. in the book for the bulletin board in class.
Nice work, Violetta!
You earned 5 points on your PowerPoint for that one!
50 cent was forced by Achebe to rename his movie in 2010. 50 cent called his movie ¨Things fall apart¨about an American football player who had cancer. Apparantly he was not aware of the book which was the popular book from Nigeria.
In this TED talk, researcher/reporter Dodson explores the complexity and of Africa. Write a short summary of what she spoke about! (Length: 11:25)