Things Fall Apart 2

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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart shows an odd similarity between the cultures of Ancient Greece and the Lower Niger. Despite the fact that two societies can exist during different periods of time and have conflicting cultural values, their stories and behavior can have surprising overlaps. Things Fall Apart is structured like a Greek Tragedy in its use of a chorus and in the presence of a tragic hero whose actions ultimately lead to his …

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…one may wonder if Achebe consciously tried to emulate the Greek Tragedies. Tragedy is a story line that transcends time, and is present in all geographic locations and in all time periods. The message that is mostly achieved in this story line is that a character can destroy lives when he pursues careless, unthought out actions, including his own. Many of the connections seem beyond coincidental, and can be only planned to be so similar.