Study Guide

Things Fall Apart Allusions

By Chinua Achebe

Allusions

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)