Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Does Things Fall Apart display magic realism?
As we read Things Fall Apart, I couldn't help but think about the novel we read over the summer, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In this novel, we learn about true Latin American culture and struggles while also getting to experience the made up magical realism of the Buendia family and their family line and the experiences they go through. We see a type of magical realism through the Ibo culture displayed in Things Fall Apart. Much of the things they believe in such as the Earth Goddess, the Oracles, and Egwuwu are elements of magical realism. Magical realism is where magic and made up elements are blended together with realistic facts from a time period. Through Things Fall Apart we see the struggles that many African tribes went through during European Colonization of the area. Achebe blends in the magic of the African's culture and religion with their interactions with the Europeans to really give the story a magical realism feel. The European's lack care and respect for the African's culture which really led to the downfall of these tribes.