Things Fall Apart
The background music and silence plays a huge part in how the narrative is
described. The drums representing a fast paste of intensity and competition. Silence
is shown as nothing but mysterious and tense moments in the book. Silence and
music are in involved to set the mood for the current event or scene. “Things Fall
Apart” by Chinua Achebe incorporated these two things into the book in way to help
build depth throughout the novel.
Drums are a huge symbol of importance in Okonkwo’s tribe, the Igbo. Drums are used
to break the silence of the night by the town crier when calling all of the men to the
meeting that was to place in the morning. They are also used as a symbol of passion when
they are being beat for the Igbo tribes beloved ...view middle of the document...
The Igbo tribe takes this communal festival for
wrestling competition very seriously.
On the contrary, silence represents a more subtle and calming effects. The nights
in the tribe have a special type of silence filled with the noise of the bugs and animals that
live there. “And so on this particular night as the crier's voice was gradually swallowed
up in the distance, silence returned the world, a vibrant silence made more intense by the
universal trill of a million forest insects.” This silence was shown to express the fear
people have for Achebe. “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a
walk.’”, the Ibo people say. The Ibo people also say not to call a snake by its name at
night time, for they will hear. This shows that they are curious but they are also afraid
and that is why they do not go out on silent nights. This type of silence creates a negative
influence in the book. Another part of that negative energy comes from Okonkwo not
treating his family right. they do not have a voice when it comes to anything regarding
Okonkwo. “Neither of the wives dared to interfere beyond the occasional and tentative ‘It
is enough Okonkwo,’ pleaded from a reasonable distance.” the reason Okonkwo beat his
wife so harshly was because of a few leaves missing from a banana tree. His family is
afraid of what he might do to them if they stand up for each other.
“Things Fall apart”, by Chinua Achebe uses music and silence to create a variety of
different emotions. Music overall creates a very positive and important influence due to
the context which it is used. Silence on the other hand, creates a very negative influence
because it is used to create the feeling of fear and not being able to stand up for each
other. I think Okonkwo's dad takes the flute with him when he leaves to die in the Evil
Forest because it gives him a sense of accomplishment and comfort. Music and silence
are both used as huge indicators of both emotion and influence.