Things Fall Apart
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Write a book report on the African novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The book report must follow the rubric and answer the following questions:
Write a brief synopsis of the book’s plot, main characters, and most significant theme/s. Then in a reasonably organized reflection address at least three or four of the following lines of inquiry/analysis. (You may come up with some or all of your own)
What themes in the book are uniquely African and which are universal? Explain
Do any of the central characters grow, change, or regress? How and Why?
Does the book address the idea of community? What does it say about it? Is it an African perspective? Explain.
Is land or nature dealt with by the author? In what way? Is a point or message delivered through it?
Is colonialism directly or indirectly presented and in what light?
Is change or the pace of change an issue that figures in the pressures on characters and their responses?
Does family play a central role or only a peripheral role in the book? What is the significance of either?
Are there major or interesting symbols that are woven into the narrative and message of the book?
Are there any powerful metaphors that struck you as apt, unique or useful?
How, if at all, does your book deal with race? Is it a simple or nuanced treatment of the issue/experience?
Is the author’s tone or style particularly unique or satisfying? Explain how and why.
Does the author attempt authentic speech and/or narration? I he/she successful or clumsy? Explain.
Does the book deal with the subject of taboos? In what context and to what end for the message?
Is rural verses urban existence and experience a tension in the narrative? Is there resolution of the tension?
Does violence play any part in the narrative? How is it handled or used to develop the theme or characters?
How are women portrayed in the book? Is it legitimate and authentic or two dimensional? Explain
What is the gender of the author and does it have any impact on the prose or message? Explain
Wrap up with an assessment of the book. Would you recommend it as a good read? Explain why or why not. Is the book significant in any way? Why?
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