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Things Fall Apart Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre can't hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. -W. B. Yeats, "The Second Coming" It's from the excerpt of this Yeats' poem which Chinua Achebe chose the name of his book, Things Fall Apart. The story is set in turn of this century Nigeria, at the lbo village of Umuofia. It is in the time of the British colonization of Nigeria, a time when life for some members of the lbo people did start to fall apart. Achebe's book presents a look in the complex nature of this lbo society. His writing also shows many thoughts of human character. One notion is cultural misunderstanding. Another idea about human nature is how the flexibility or rigidity of somebody's character influences one's fate. Things Fall Apart also illustrates how the lbo practice of relegating particular members of the society eventually becomes a part in the destruction of their life they have always known. We can also see the subject of destiny throughout the novel. In many instances in Achebe's storyline, the need for equilibrium between individual needs and the needs of this community is evident. The combination of these themes with the authentic comprehension of this Nigerian Achebe, have produced Things Fall Apart one of the classics of all literature. Achebe succeeds in painting a vivid picture of the complexity of the lbo society. He provides detailed descriptions of their social and family rituals of this lbo, like the annual Feast of the New Yam. Achebe also gives insight to the trial and laws procedures of those people. Things Fall Apart also gives an outstanding look at the marriage traditions and religious practices of the lbo people, as well as the mechanis...