Brief Synopsis of Things Fall Apart Film

BriefSynopsis of ThingsFall ApartFilm

TheThingsFall Apartfilmis allabout theterriblefallof protagonistOkonkwo andtheIgbo culture.Okonkwo wasa respectedpersonandinfluentialleaderin Igbo community.Hefirstearnsdistinctionandpersonalfame,as wellas honorin his villageafter defeatingAmalinze in a famed contest(Achebe 31). In spiteof his father’sweaknessandlackof inheritance,Okonkwo wasdeterminedto gaintitles,andhebecamea wealthyandpowerfulman.Hegaineda high-level respectof theeldersforhis courageandhardworkHe decidedto overcometheembarrassmentbroughtby theweaknessof his father,through whatOkonkwo considers“manly.”Hechoseto dominateover his childrenandwivesby overseeingthem with a heavyhand(Achebe 76).

Asa respectedmemberof thesociety,Okonkwo is chosento staywith a childfrom Mbaino a clanwhere theyoftenhadduels.Theyheldthechildransomafter a memberfrom Mbaino kills a relative. LatertheOracle decidesto killtheboy,butOkonkwo iswarnedagainst takingpartin thekilling.(Achebe 76). However,hedefiesthewarningas healongside others killedtheboy.Theboy’sdeathhauntshim, andmisfortunesstartedfollowinghim hebecameextracruelto his wivesandchildren.His developedtempermakeshim beathis wifedefilingtheholyweek.

Duringthemourningof a villageelder,Okonkwo accidently shootsa memberof theclantheactionwasan abomination,andheisdrivenawayfrom thecommunity.On comingback,hefindsa socialtransformationbroughtby thewhite man.Hecannot acceptthesechangesbuthis effortsof mobilizingpeopleagainst thewhite manfallson deafyears.During a socialmeeting,hekillsa Whiteman’s agentandtakeshis lifelater(Achebe 98).

SociologicalIssues

Thingsfallapartfocuseson thegradualtransformationof cultureandthetraditionsof theIgbo societyas wellas a socialtransformationin religionandwayof life.From a functionalist perspective,theUmuofia clanhas a richculturethat ispassedfrom one generationto theother.Thetraditionof theclanisrooted in thefamilyandtheclan.Theclandictatesthewaymembersin a familyconductthemselves. Anyissuethat is beyond familyresolutionfindsits wayto theeldersof theclan.Thepeoplehavetheir godsandprophets.During problems,theyconsulttheoracleforsolutionsto their problems.Theclanappreciatesandupholdshardworkandindustry,andthatis whyOkonkwo workshardto gaina statusin thecommunity.

Wecan alsoviewtheeventsin thebookfrom an internationalist’s perspective.Theclan’smaineconomicactivityis farmingandyam is thestaplefood.The clans use the number of fullgranariesandanimalsa householdhas to determine its wealth. Childrenare a sourceof prosperityin thecommunityas girlsfetchhighbridepricesfortheir parents.Thesocietyobservestheholydaysandviolatingthem is an abomination.Itis during thesedaysthatOkonkwo killsa kinsmanandheis excommunicated(Hawker 78).

Froma socialconflictperspective,theUmuofia clanis in a conflictwith theMbaino clan.Thetwo clansare longtimefoesthat resultto killingsof kinsmennowandthen.In Umuofia, womendonot sharethesamestatuswith men.Domesticviolenceis a commonthingespeciallyin Okonkwo’s household.Heevenattackshis wifewitha huntinggunto a pointof almostkillingher. Achangein religionandwayof lifepromptsOkonkwo’s sonto runaway.PeoplestartembracingChristianity, anda conflictarisesbetween theadopters andthetraditionalists. These events draw Okonkwo to the killing of aWhiteman’s agent (Hawker 9).

WorksCited

Achebe,Chinua. ThingsFall Apart.New York: Anchor Books, 2010. Internet resource.

Hawker,Louise. Colonialismin Chinua Achebe`s Things Fall Apart.Farmington Hills, Mich: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Print.

Okpewho,Isidore. ChinuaAchebe`s Things Fall Apart: A Casebook.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Print.