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Title Analysis of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart I believe that the title Things Fall Apart refers to the simple fact that without appropriate equilibrium, things do fall apart. The notion of equilibrium in the publication is an important theme throughout the book. Beginning with the excerpt from Yeats' poem, The Second Coming, the concept of balance is stressed as significant; for without balance, order is missing. In the novel, there is a system of balance, which the Ibo culture seems to depend upon. It's if this system is mad that "things fall apart." Okonkwo, the Ibo religion, and in the end, the Ibos' autonomy were attracted to their own death with an extreme imbalance between their male and female aspects. These male and female aspects may be generally called the outside, bodily strength of the male, and also the internal, lively and nurturing strength of this female. It was an imbalance in the male side that led to the destruction of the people and their civilization. Okonkwo, the main character in the book, was the son of Unoka, who was a loafer. Unoka was too lazy to go out and plant plants on new, fertile soil, preferring to stay at home playing his flute, drinking palm wine, and making merry with all the neighbors. He needed to borrow money in order to maintain this life, and was never able to pay it back. Okonkwo perceived this trait because an imbalance in the feminine side in his father's character; staying at home and not using the strength to provide to your household is what a girl does. In response, Okonkwo fully rejected his father, and also his own feminine side. It was this deep-rooted antipathy toward anything considered feeble or femini...