Songs Relating to “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe

This also proved to Awoken that he was nothing like his weak father. Awoken is then able to attain a position of wealth and gain a good and respected reputation, even though his father was shameful and poor. Numb- Linking Partake song Numb is about a person having to live up to someone else expectations. They are pressured into being exactly like someone else. They are always smothered and don’t like that they can not be who they want to be. The person then becomes numb and he no longer cares about this person. He will not live up to his/her expectations any longer and ill be the person he wants to be.

This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 2 you can see that Awoken pressures his son, Annoy, to be just like him. Awoken find Annoy to be lazy and not manly enough so he beats and nags at him constantly. Annoy then becomes more attached to Shameful who is shows care and comfort and becomes less attached to his father who is far more heehaw- handed and intimidating. Rain- Sarah Brightening is about a woman praying for rain. She feels that having it rain is the only chance to start again. She keeps on begging for rain ND saying it’s the only chance of living.

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This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 3 there was a drought. This caused horrible harvest and many farmers were devastated. Awoken had planted 400 yam seeds and could only keep one third of the harvest. This was Ginkgo’s chance to start a farm and become a great farmer, but the lack of rain would not allow it Many farmers prayed to the Gods for rain, like the woman in Rain does. This is the only chance they have during the year to grow crops, but because Of the lack Of rain they are not able to harvest as well as they wished they could have.

A Forest- The Curette song A Forest is about a person looking for a girl in the forest. He hears her calling her name and keeps running after her through the trees. In the end he realizes he is alone in the forest and the girl was never really there at all. This relates to Things Fall Apart because in chapter 11 Eczema is taken away by the priestess; Kefir, her mother, then follows them. Kefir is scared that Eczema will be killed so she follows them through the villages and the forest. Just like in A Forest he is running through the forest in search for the girl she loves, her daughter.

In the end though, the priestess takes Eczema into the cave which she knows she can not go into. Into the Black Hole- Gamma Royalty the Black Hole is a song about a person who feels there’s no place for him. He has gone away from home in search for a place to go. He feels angered that he does not belong in society. He feels the only place for him to go is to go where no ones ever gone before. This song was chosen because it relates to when Awoken in Things Fall Apart was exiled in chapter 13. During a funeral, Ginkgo’s gun accidentally explodes and kills a sixteen-year-old.

Killing a clansman is considered a crime against the earth goddess, so Awoken must repay for his actions by taking his family into exile for seven years. Awoken gathers his most valuable belongings and takes his family to the village Ambulant. This relates to the song because the people of Ginkgo’s village feel there is no place for Awoken there until he atones for what he does. Awoken and others feel angered and feel it is unfair he and his family have to pay such a big price and be exiled for an accidental killing. Sunday Bloody Sunday- Sunday Bloody Sunday is a song about a massacre.

It speaks about hurt children and dead bodies lying throughout the street. It also speaks about how so many people have died yet nothing good has come out of it, they were all pointless killings. This song was chosen because it relates to the destruction of Beam in chapter fifteen. This relates to the song because the villager’s of Mamba killed the first white man to come just because they couldn’t understand what he was saying. This later led to Beam’s massacre by the white men. A group of white men surrounded Beam’s market and they shot and killed almost everyone.

Just like in Sunday Bloody Sunday there were many pointless killings that had no good to come out of them. God Will Make A Way- Don Mother song God Will Make A Way is about God always being there for you. It speaks about how God will always make a way and be a guide. It also speaks about how God will always love and care for you and make you a stronger person. This song speaks about all the good God can do for you. This relates to Things Fall Apart because the Christian Missionaries came to Nigeria to try to convert them into the Christian faith and to believe in one God.

The missionaries speak about all the good God can do for the people of the village. As you find out in chapter sixteen, Annoy becomes very interested in the Christian faith. He feels the Christian faith answered questions he had about the death of Shameful and the new born twins that had been bothering him. Similar to God Will Make A Way, Annoy starts looking to God for comfort and strength. Creed- One Last Breathing Last Breath is about committing suicide. He begs for help and says that he has given up. He’d down to his finally breathe and as finally given up on life.

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