Things Fall Apart Quotes by Chinua Achebe
'Things Fall Apart' Quotes
Umuofia was feared by all its neighbors. It was powerful in war and in magic, and its priests and medicine men were feared in all the surrounding country. Its most potent war medicine was as old as the clan itself. Nobody knew how old. But on one point there was general agreement — the active principle in that medicine had been an old woman with one leg.
84 quotes from Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1): 'The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amuse.
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Quote 2: "ha[d] a manly and a proud heart. A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone. Quote 3: "But he was not the man to go about telling his neighbors that he was in error. And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan.
Now he is no longer my son or your brother. I will only have a son who is a man, who will hold his head up among my people" Nwoye's father disowns him only because he chooses a path untraditional to his culture. The serious, frustrated, and unhappy mood that is created in Okonkwo's statement gives the reader an idea of how much the Ibo culture values tradition, choice, and family. Achebe's message is that fear is only developed though silence of feelings and words. The danger of silence is the words and emotions are neither told nor shared, so a person's weakness is unknown until expressed. Do we go and stop his mouth?
The book involves the clash of cultures and belief systems, as colonization affects the people. Here are a few quotes from Things Fall Apart. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone. And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan. His enemies said that his good fortune had gone to his head. How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number?