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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

by

Chinua Achebe

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Ash

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

As you might guess, ash is seen as impotent, cold, and lifeless. Okonkwo links ash to emasculation. Not only does Okonkwo compare his own son, Nwoye, to ash, but the court messengers are also called “Ashy-Buttocks” – a comment about the color of their shorts but also about their masculinity.

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