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Chinua Achebe uses third-person omniscient narration in past tense to share an insight on the Igbo community, their values, and social norms. The language used is simple, yet an elevated diction as he is appealing to a larger group than just the local people. Short sentences are used so that the reader can get acquainted with the Ibo proverbs, which provides a greater understanding, and in depth portrayal of the Igbo people, their feelings, and moral lessons. The African style of writing Achebe has used is very attractive as a great understanding is given to the reader, instead of imagining it. The narrator of the novel is anonymous, which means that there is no display of bias towards characters, culture, or events, hence making it reliable. We are provided an insight of different characters’ thoughts. The different voices let’s the reader come up with their own opinion on the positive and negative elements of the Igbo culture. The ceaseless narration throughout the novel is in chronological order, a three-part structure to show the changes in Okonkwo’s life. In the beginning of the novel, the narrator sets the setting of the culture and village of the Igbo tribe, where Okonkwo is a strong and prosperous man. Part two, the tone changes to a tragic one where Okonkwo falls from his greatness. Part three makes Okonkwo’s return, but his failure too, leading him to commit suicide. “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat. Amalize was the great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten, from Umuofia to Mbaino. He was called the Cat because his back would never touch the earth. It was this man that Okonkwo threw in a fight which the old men agreed was one of the fiercest since the founder of their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights” (Achebe 3).The purpose of the first paragraph of the chapter is to introduce us to the complex character of the protagonist of the novel, Okonkwo, the Ibo culture, the commitment within the community to have harmonious relations. The very first paragraph of the novel is written in third person omniscient narration is used, we know that because of the words ‘His’, ‘He’. This gives the reader an unbiased perspective of different characters in the novel. We are only provided an insight on characters’ thoughts and is not judgemental. The author provides the reader with as much detail as possible, so that we do not assume about the Ibo culture.

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