How has the role of African women changed since the writing of the novel?

Research Based on Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart

The Portfolio Project is designed to require you to expand your understanding of Things Fall Apart by combining knowledge and application of content with your own interpretation and judgment. For the Portfolio Project, you will write a research paper about Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart, supplementing your own interpretation with information from three to five other sources. Your interpretation of this novel should reflect an international perspective.

Tips to help in the research- You must address each of these also in your research.

-Open with a really strong introduction and thesis–one that better matches your stronger, more focused conclusion

In other words, any critical perspective from which you frame your thesis and overall paper needs to convey a sharper international or multicultural understanding of the novel and should be reflected in your outline and reference list.

–Cultural Analysis

The novel is one of cultural fusion, where two or more cultures collide and meld together. Explain the cultural fusion that takes place in the novel and its impact on the characters and its impact on the reader. Research the time period of the novel, as well as that of when Achebe wrote the novel. Include in your analysis the factors that influenced Achebes writing of the novel. What does he achieve with the novel? Use textual support as well as outside resources to substantiate your assertions.

– Literary interpretation

The title of the novel is Things Fall Apart. What fell apart? How and why? Use textual support as well as outside resources.

– Feminist Perspective

Analyze the family structure and the role of women in Things Fall Apart. Consider the male/female relationships in the novel and the contradiction that the most important goddess (the earth goddess) is female. How has the role of African women changed since the writing of the novel?

– Language, Style and Tone

How does Achebe use language, style and tone in the novel? What impact does it have on the narrative? How does it influence interpretation of the novel? Some suggest the combination of formal English with traditional African dialect creates irony. Would you agree?

– locate critics on Achebes novel and to incorporate those critical voices in this research.

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