For this assignment you will write a well-organized, effectively developed 3-4 page (900-1200 words) analysis of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Your essay should effectively analyze the way the novel engages colonialism (or related themes, such as cultural change, tradition, tradition vs. modernity, cultural negotiation, etc.) as a significant global issue. You are required to use two secondary sources – they must be academic sources! – in your analysis of Achebe’s novel.
Choose one of the following topics:
1. Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart takes its title from W. B. Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.” Write an essay explaining and interpreting the significance of the title and its source. Why do you thing Achebe decided to take a line from a European poem as a title for his novel about British colonialism in Africa? How does the title capture one of the main themes of the novel?
2. Discuss the conflict between fathers and sons and explain how it relates to one of the main themes of the novel.
3. Compare/contrast the two great friends - Okonkwo and Obierika. What major conflict do these two characters embody and how does this conflict relate to one of the main themes of the novel?
4. Discuss the role of proverbs and folktales in the novel. Do the folktales mirror any of the themes of the novel?
5. Compare/contrast Mr. Brown with Rev. Mr. Smith. What do these characters suggest about colonialism?
6. What do you make of Okonkwo's suicide at the end of the novel? Was there any foreshadowing of this? Does his suicide function as a symbol in any way? If it does, what do you make of the District Commissioner's statement at the end of the novel?
1. Put an MLA heading on the left-hand side of the paper.
2. Essay should be 3-4 pages long (900-1200 words), typed and double-spaced.
3. Essay should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman with one-inch margins.
4. Give your paper an original title which hints at your thesis or reflects your argument; highlight or underline yourthesis statement.
5. Support the thesis in several body paragraphs by analyzing specific details, examples, and quotes from the story.
6. Integrate two outside sources; your outside sources must be academic sources.
7. Document sources (e.g., quotes) using MLA format.
8. Provide a List of Works Cited; the Works Cited page does not count toward the length requirement for the paper.
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||10/08/2014 12:00 am