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The Use of Ethos, Logos and Pathos in The Book "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe

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Ethos, Logos and Pathos. They are one of the most important parts of literature that can’t be replace. They provided the ethical appeal, the emotional and the conviction of logic to the novel and the reader. In the book “Things Fall Apart”, the author have used Ethos, Logos and Pathos Beautifully well one of the reason is because he is an African so he imagine how the village in the book, the culture and many more. But how can Ethos, Logos and Pathos of “Things Fall Apart” relate to our real world. The use of Ethos, Logos and Pathos of the book “Things Fall Apart” has given readers an idea of how the fictional world can have a close relationship with our real world.

Frist off Ethos of “Things Fall Apart” has a close relationship with our real world. In page 13, it describing how Okonkwo ( the main character of the story) have to work daily on his plantation from early morning to late afternoon or on the first page Okonkwo is established as “one of the fiercest warriors since the founder of their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights”. Author of “Things Fall Apart” he somehow manage set up challenged to test the character limits and he doesn’t let the character to win or success without a challenged. Same in real life, you have to work your ass up to get your dream car or food to live, no one gonna give it to you for free. There is other example of Pathos and logos still waiting.

Second, How Pathos of Things Fall Apart relate to people in real life. ‘So when Ikemefuna came, which is the boy given to Okonkwo tribe to satisfy debt, come to the village; Okonkwo was given the responsibility to take care of him. Okonkwo treat Ikemefuna like his own son and he always proud of him. But when it time to finish Ikemefuna sentence. Okonkwo decide to go with Ikenefuna one last time before end up being him is the one who killed Ikenefuna’. So what is this have to do with Pathos? On page 63, the author shows the feeling of remorse in Okonkwo by saying that “did not taste any food for two days” and “did not sleep at night”. The author of this book want to create a multi faced character. Which mean outside, he want to show every one that he is a tough dude to doesn’t with nerve of steel stuff like that but inside he is kind and he want to take care of the whole clan and his dear family. So how is this related to the topic sentence? Well if you every lost like a family member or a beloved person like your lover you will understand the feeling. It a feeling of pain, confusion, scare about the future without them beside you, it a very mix feeling. One more to go.

Last but not the least, How Logos of Things Fall Apart relate to our real world. In page 114, When all the woman of the village is cooking for the wedding, A woman cries out, which make other woman curious and all they all about to leave but a priestess come out and said that if they all rush out, who gonna be in charge of the fire, what If the fire is out of control and burn everything then some of the woman stay and take care of the fire while other woman run out and see what happen. “It is logical that someone has to tend the stoves despite a cry for help”. So how is this related to us, well the author use logos to persuade the reader about normal logic that we have every day like when you have a flood in front your school and you can’t get in because you don’t want to wet your shoes, just take your shoe of and walk to their simple logic.

Although this book is a fiction but it shown us that how close between a fiction world to our real-life world is through Ethos, Logos and Pathos. But in this book, the author have create a story where he successfully create a character that have depth in him with Pathos. Overall this book is a great book, although there is many thing that is similar from the way that people in real life but there is also many other thing that it no similar to our real life world like why you have to killed one of your beloved adopted son because someone said so I doesn’t really add up.

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