Pscyhology Essay

614 words - 3 pages

Osvaldo Zavala
African-American lit
Period 6

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.

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