So a few nights ago when I was reading the end of Things Fall Apart, I got really upset and frustrated. I hated stupid Mr. Smith and all those court messengers. At first when the "western" characters started showing up, it was still kind of okay but then as the title says things started falling apart. After Okonkwo killed the messenger, I was really upset that the other clansmen started asking why he did that instead of joining him in battle. The thing that really made me furious was the end. Okonkwo took his own life and the STUPID messenger was just ohh okay, here's a good story for my book. He might even be worth a whole chapter, oh wait just kidding he's only worth a paragraph. SEROIOUSLY? Someone just killed himself and that's all you care about?
I think I got so angry becuse Achebe does such a good job of explaining the Igbo ways and patiently developing the story and characters. Even though Okonkwo appears tough and ruthless, as a reader you really grow to love him. Achebe sets up such a beautiful culture that the reader feels the pain of the destruction at the end.