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Essay on Brutalities of African Society in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Brutalities of African Society Exposed in Things Fall Apart   David Carroll writes, of the novel Things Fall Apart, "This episode is not only a remark on Okonkwo's heartlessness. It criticizes implicitly the laws he is too literally implementing..." (Carroll) The incident that David Carroll describes is the death of Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna was a young boy that had been handed over to the village of Umuofia as reimbursement for the murder of one of that village's taxpayers. He is handed over to Okonkwo, a great man from the village, to whom he provides every affection. The brief life with Okonkwo and death of the innocent young man, and the life of Okonkwo himself, is a microcosm of life in Umuofia. Inconsistencies, brutalities, and battle abound in even the highest of Umuofian life. And as Ikemefuna is directed to be murdered by the man he calls father, "the tribe and its worth has been judged and found wanting" (Carroll). When Ikemefuna first arrives at Umuofia, he's housed with Okonkwo because Okonkwo is a great man from the village. He'd attained his prime and was a man of wealth. Ikemefuna quickly befriended Okonkwo's eldest son and began calling Okonkwo "daddy" Shortly, but this seeming peace and civility from the village and the lifetime of the villagers disappears. Okonkwo receives a message from the village elders that the boy, the town's innocence, has to be murdered. The boy is direct off to the slaughter completely unaware of his fate, and together with his "father" in the company of their killers. After a machete is attracted and the black pot atop Ikemefuna's mind is cut , the boy runs into the man he loved as father. It is he who, lacking the courage to confront others along with his love for the boy, draws his machete and...

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