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Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

Yams

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Yams are a crop grown exclusively by men. Growing yams is labor intensive, and the size of a man’s fields and harvest say much about his work ethic. Yams are grown to gain wealth and also to feed one’s family. They are a symbol of masculinity and ability as a provider.

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