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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart


by Chinua Achebe

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

W.B. Yeats: “The Second Coming” (epigraph)
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness – “from the beginning of things” (7.23)
The Bible: Exodus 10:1-20 – Plague of locusts (7.9-13); God (16.9); “Jesu Kristi” (16.19); Holy Trinity (16.23-24); 1 Kings 18:21-40 – Prophets of Baal (22.1); the Devil (22.4)

Historical Figures

The Queen of England (likely Queen Victoria) (23.12)

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