Things Fall Apart
Themes: Changing Traditions, Masculinity, Language Differences
Symbols: Locusts - Colonization, Fire - Destruction, Drums - Village Heart
Characters: Okonkwo- main, Nwoye - main son, Ezinma -favorite daighter, Mr Brown - priest
POV/Tones: 3rd omniscient, Satirical, Tragic
Summary: On one level, the conflict is between the traditional society of Umuofia and the new customs brought by the whites, which are in turn adopted by many of the villagers. Okonkwo also struggles to be as different from his deceased father as possible. He believes his father to have been weak, effeminate, lazy, ignominious, and poor. Consequently, Okonkwo strives to be strong, masculine, industrious, respected, and wealthy.