Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe A novel about a primitive village in Africa and the devastation caused by the arrival o...
Your Essay Assignment: ( Keep this in mind as you read.) <ul><li>In musing about the role of the novelist as an educator, ...
 
Village Customs Life in Umuofia was very structured and daily life had many important rituals.  There were important tradi...
Kola Nut <ul><li>Kola nut was mixed with alligator pepper and eaten.  </li></ul><ul><li>This was served as an appetizer as...
Alligator Pepper <ul><li>Alligator pepper has a spicy flavor in the seeds.  </li></ul><ul><li>It was used as a seasoning b...
A Boy with  Kola Nut
Kola Bowl Kola was mixed and served in this type of bowl.   <ul><li>When a guest arrived, the host would ask the guest to ...
Religious Ceremonies The people of Umuofia believed in many gods, ghosts,  ancestral spirits, and even believed certain an...
Ceremonial Masks <ul><li>The  egwugwu  were the leaders of the community.  </li></ul><ul><li>The women would be afraid of ...
Egwugwu <ul><li>Egwugwu  wearing ceremonial masks. </li></ul><ul><li>The  egwugwu  would make communal decisions, such as ...
Jaw Mask, Another Form of Ceremonial Mask
Mask and an Ibo Boy in a Mask
An Elder Meeting The Egwugwu are in Masks
Ceremonial Dress
Drinking Palm Wine From a Human Skull Was Part of Religious Ceremonies  Okonkwo Had Five Skulls to His Credit
Boys of the Village  It was important to include boys in daily rituals.
A Tortoise Shell Drum <ul><li>Drums were a very important part of everyday life. They were part of religious ceremonies  <...
Village  Life The villagers were warriors, farmers, and craftsmen.  The men’s crop was yam, the king of crops.  Women’s cr...
&quot;Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.&quot; <ul><li>Among the Ibo people, the art of conversation is...
Locusts <ul><li>Locusts are related to grasshoppers. They swarm and can destroy whole fields and crops. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Tattoos on a Sculpture and a Man
Cowry Shells <ul><li>Cowry shells were used as money in Africa.  </li></ul><ul><li>They were small enough to carry and wer...
An Ibo Building
Fishing One of Many Activities Done as a Community
Dying Indigo and a Craftsman
The Market  An Important Part of Ibo Social Life
Market
Drawing of an Ibo Village in the 1800s.
Tailor and Carver
Nigerian Girl <ul><li>One tribe of people who live in Nigeria call themselves the Ibo people.  </li></ul><ul><li>Women oft...
Women
Pounding Yams
Notice the Tattoos on the Woman on the Left
The village practiced  polygamy .  In other words,  the men could have  more than one wife.
Okonkwo’s Family Okonkwo First Wife Ezinma Ekwefi Ojiugo Nwoye Obiageli Son Nkechi
Family
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    1. 1. Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe A novel about a primitive village in Africa and the devastation caused by the arrival of the white man. Created by Deborah Alcorn
    2. 2. Your Essay Assignment: ( Keep this in mind as you read.) <ul><li>In musing about the role of the novelist as an educator, acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe once wrote: “I would be quite satisfied if my novels (especially the ones I set in the past) did no more than teach my readers that their past - with all its imperfections - was not one long night of savagery from which the first Europeans acting on God’s behalf delivered them.” </li></ul><ul><li>In your opinion, does Achebe succeed in doing this with his novel Things Fall Apart ? </li></ul><ul><li>Whether you argue that he does or does not succeed, support your position through reference to at least three specific examples from the novel. </li></ul>
    3. 4. Village Customs Life in Umuofia was very structured and daily life had many important rituals. There were important traditions for welcoming visitors, for attaining and respecting social status, for treatment of women, for going to war, getting married, and for settling disputes.
    4. 5. Kola Nut <ul><li>Kola nut was mixed with alligator pepper and eaten. </li></ul><ul><li>This was served as an appetizer as part of the welcoming ritual. </li></ul>
    5. 6. Alligator Pepper <ul><li>Alligator pepper has a spicy flavor in the seeds. </li></ul><ul><li>It was used as a seasoning by mixing it with </li></ul><ul><li>kola nut. </li></ul>
    6. 7. A Boy with Kola Nut
    7. 8. Kola Bowl Kola was mixed and served in this type of bowl. <ul><li>When a guest arrived, the host would ask the guest to break the kola nut. </li></ul><ul><li>They would politely argue about who should serve the kola. Finally, the host would serve it. </li></ul><ul><li>The guest would draw chalk lines on the floor and paint his big toe white with the chalk. </li></ul>
    8. 9. Religious Ceremonies The people of Umuofia believed in many gods, ghosts, ancestral spirits, and even believed certain animals were sacred. They prayed to their ancestors and also had a chi or personal god. They revered the python as the most sacred animal and called a rainbow the python of the sky .
    9. 10. Ceremonial Masks <ul><li>The egwugwu were the leaders of the community. </li></ul><ul><li>The women would be afraid of the egwugwu , even though they knew their men were not present at the ceremonies and had to be the egwugwu . </li></ul><ul><li>Evil Forest was the lead egwugwu in Things Fall Apart. </li></ul>
    10. 11. Egwugwu <ul><li>Egwugwu wearing ceremonial masks. </li></ul><ul><li>The egwugwu would make communal decisions, such as settling property disputes or deciding whether to go to war, for the Ibo people. </li></ul>
    11. 12. Jaw Mask, Another Form of Ceremonial Mask
    12. 13. Mask and an Ibo Boy in a Mask
    13. 14. An Elder Meeting The Egwugwu are in Masks
    14. 15. Ceremonial Dress
    15. 16. Drinking Palm Wine From a Human Skull Was Part of Religious Ceremonies Okonkwo Had Five Skulls to His Credit
    16. 17. Boys of the Village It was important to include boys in daily rituals.
    17. 18. A Tortoise Shell Drum <ul><li>Drums were a very important part of everyday life. They were part of religious ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>and rituals. </li></ul>
    18. 19. Village Life The villagers were warriors, farmers, and craftsmen. The men’s crop was yam, the king of crops. Women’s crops were coco-yams, beans, and cassava.
    19. 20. &quot;Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.&quot; <ul><li>Among the Ibo people, the art of conversation is very highly regarded. </li></ul><ul><li>At the time the novel takes place (1930s), the Ibo people do not use the written word. </li></ul><ul><li>They received their news from the town crier. </li></ul><ul><li>A Proverb is a short saying that expresses a common truth or experience. Proverbs are very important to the Ibo people. </li></ul>
    20. 21. Locusts <ul><li>Locusts are related to grasshoppers. They swarm and can destroy whole fields and crops. </li></ul><ul><li>The Umuofians considered them to be a delicacy. </li></ul><ul><li>They gathered them in baskets and then roasted them and ate them. </li></ul>
    21. 22. Tattoos on a Sculpture and a Man
    22. 23. Cowry Shells <ul><li>Cowry shells were used as money in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>They were small enough to carry and were scarce enough to be valuable. </li></ul><ul><li>25 bags of cowry shells were paid as bride price during the engagement ceremony in the novel. </li></ul>
    23. 24. An Ibo Building
    24. 25. Fishing One of Many Activities Done as a Community
    25. 26. Dying Indigo and a Craftsman
    26. 27. The Market An Important Part of Ibo Social Life
    27. 28. Market
    28. 29. Drawing of an Ibo Village in the 1800s.
    29. 30. Tailor and Carver
    30. 31. Nigerian Girl <ul><li>One tribe of people who live in Nigeria call themselves the Ibo people. </li></ul><ul><li>Women often carry heavy things on their heads. </li></ul>
    31. 32. Women
    32. 33. Pounding Yams
    33. 34. Notice the Tattoos on the Woman on the Left
    34. 35. The village practiced polygamy . In other words, the men could have more than one wife.
    35. 36. Okonkwo’s Family Okonkwo First Wife Ezinma Ekwefi Ojiugo Nwoye Obiageli Son Nkechi
    36. 37. Family
    37. 38. Your Essay Assignment: ( Keep this in mind as you read.) <ul><li>In musing about the role of the novelist as an educator, acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe once wrote: “I would be quite satisfied if my novels (especially the ones I set in the past) did no more than teach my readers that their past - with all its imperfections - was not one long night of savagery from which the first Europeans acting on God’s behalf delivered them.” </li></ul><ul><li>In your opinion, does Achebe succeed in doing this with his novel Things Fall Apart ? </li></ul><ul><li>Whether you argue that he does or does not succeed, support your position through reference to at least three specific examples from the novel. </li></ul>
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