• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Literary features of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe Chapter 11 Pg 70 Achebe throughout the novel uses many different literary features

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Literary features of 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe Chapter 11 Pg 70 Achebe throughout the novel uses many different literary features to bring emphasis to certain points and equally to create a plausible picture of what tribal life was like. His particular style of writing, using specific detail of everyday things, brings the characters to life; it creates a depth and complexity to the characters that makes the tribe into a realistic civilization. This technique is used primarily to challenge the preconceptions the people of the Western world have about tribal life. Details such as the 'shrill cry of the insects' and how the snuff Okonkwo brought had gone damp and how it was so dark there was not enough light to eat by. ...read more.

Middle

Throughout the first three paragraphs there is the use of repetition, this is for mainly for emphasis, especially the last lines of the paragraphs which all relate to the darkness of the night ('as black as charcoal' and the 'solid massiveness of night'), this may also be an allusion to the horror, pain and trouble to come. The associations with the dark could easily be linked to Okonkwo and how he seems to be 'in the dark'. Ekwefi's and Ezinma's telling of the parable of the tortoise, highlights how important morals were passed along in the tribe, it also shows how Okonkwo is missing significant lessons on how to behave properly because of his dismissive attitude towards 'women's' stories. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is also a great sense of irony, in the fable tortoises shell broke into many pieces, this links to the title of the novel 'things fall apart', literally in this case and furthermore is again related to Okonkwo and how his life fall apart later on in the novel. We are able to make the connection because we are told that the sounds of Ekwefi's and Ezinma's voices reached Okonkwo so in a way it was almost like he was being given a warning, one that he chose to ignore because of his attitude towards women. He believed strongly that time should be spent on more important manly things, like war - violent things. ?? ?? ?? ?? Danielle Kriger Text and performance Wordsworth Upper ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level William Golding essays

  1. Handmaid Tale by Margret Atwood

    The quote states that Gilead's society wants them to cover there flesh, so no men of Gilead is tempted towards them. The handmaids all wear red and in this case this shows unity and their identity. Perspective Offred * After meeting with Ofglen, Offred has hope, all of sudden she

  2. Explore the different forms of haunting in Toni Morrisons Beloved.

    The 'tobacco tin' is a continued metaphor throughout the book for Paul D's emotions and memories, and it's made clear here that Paul D. has opened the 'tobacco tin' and thus his emotions and memories have been unlocked by Beloved.

  1. Compare Junot Diaz's use of narrative techniques to present the alienation of the characters ...

    The short stories in "Drown" also raise the dilemma of cultural identity in immigrants, but rather than the characters being rejected outright by society, it is the subtle nagging feeling of being different that alienates the characters of Drown. The progression of this feeling of otherness can be tracked through the stories of "Drown".

  2. Free essay

    storytelling in Achebe

    Ikem's love letter states that the oppression of women is a problem in post-colonial societies but it is not only a problem in Kangan as "there is no universal conglomerate of the oppressed" and this is important to understand. The reader is further enlightened on the chaos when Ikem says

  1. "While both novels in their different ways and at a different moment in history ...

    them to that "flash of lightning in the clouds" and open their eyes to the lifestyle of the west, as seen in the painting of the girl with the torch. But due to corruption and even the darkness within man it has turned into a horrific affair which has boiled

  2. Christianity gains ground in Things Fall Apart

    Religious contempt is also witnessed in the novel because it admits the social outcasts like Osu. In fact, the foundation members are mainly the efulefu, that is, empty, worthless men not given a jot of social respect. These then, are the difficulties which Christianity has to overcome if it must survive.

  1. 'Juan' in this novel represents the quintessential saint and martyr, whereas the priest, in ...

    Now, through suffering and 'corruption', he learns love, giving him a somewhat saintly quality. Typically, saints should learn through suffering alone, not corruption; but we know that the priest is no typical saint. Indeed, presenting us with a priest whose love stems from corruption questions the traditional nature of sainthood as epitomised by Juan.

  2. Notes on "All Quiet on the Western Front"

    There are millions out there dying for their countries, and what good is it?? ... Students:? Coward! You're a coward! Coward!? Paul Baumer: ?You asked me to tell them how much they're needed out there... it's easier to say it, than to watch it happen!? ...

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work