Things Fall Apart is a post-colonial novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It was first published in 1958. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and has received global critical acclaim. Achebe both originates from and writes about an oral context. As such his work is a unique glimpse into the orality framework. One aspect of orality that is manifest in Achebe's work is his use of proverbs. For example, "A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing" or "You can tell a ripe corn by its look."  Our goal is to locate all the proverbs and proverb-like saying in this novel. Once located you will write about the meaning of them. You will also do some research into the issues related to proverbs.  This project is due by the date of the final exam. However, because it is an involved research project, you are encouraged to begin work on it from the beginning of the class.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart is a post-colonial novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It was first published in 1958. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, and has received global critical acclaim. Achebe both originates from and writes about an oral context. As such his work is a unique glimpse into the orality framework. One aspect of orality that is manifest in Achebe's work is his use of proverbs. For example, "A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing" or "You can tell a ripe corn by its look." 

Our goal is to locate all the proverbs and proverb-like saying in this novel. Once located you will write about the meaning of them. You will also do some research into the issues related to proverbs. 

This project is due by the date of the final exam. However, because it is an involved research project, you are encouraged to begin work on it from the beginning of the class. 

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Week 1

Week 2

  • READ: Chapters 1-3

Week 3

  • READ: Chapters 4-6

Week 4

  • READ: Chapters 7-9

Week 5

  • READ: Chapters 10-12

Week 6

  • READ: Chapters 13-15

Week 7

  • READ: Chapters 16-

Week 8