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Things Fall Apart  by Chinua Achebe has many important lessons and perspectives that are relevant to a senior in high school. It discusses many serious concepts such as racism and religion. Many high schoolers today aren’t aware enough of the serious issues that our society faces. Things Fall Apart is able to put key issues in the forefront. One of the biggest problems in our world today is racism. Things Fall Apart is able to shed light on the problem to get high schoolers thinking about it. Many people believe that racism isn’t still a real problem but it is still an ongoing battle. Things Fall Apart is able to show the perspective of people who are directly affected by racism and its repercussions.Okonkwo and his village are mistreated by white colonists and missionaries who have no right to even step foot on the village’s grounds. “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” (176). The whites are unnecessarily invading villages for no reason other than pure racism. The missionaries attempt to convert entire villages to Christianity even though they already have an established religion without any problems.The whites deceived the villages and made them do exactly what they wanted to. They took away their culture, religion, and way of living. Umofia and the other villages were taken over without a just reason. The villages faced many issues inside and outside their village. Another key issue that high schoolers could learn from is the use of gender roles and stereotypes throughout the book. The men in the villages don’t look at women as equal to men. Okonkwo believes that females are weak and can’t fight or be as strong as males. Okonkwo avoided seeming weak at all costs “Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger. To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.” (28). Okonkwo wished his daughter, Ezinma, had been born a boy. Even though Okonkwo thought highly of his daughter, he still wasn’t satisfied with her purely because of her gender and the stereotypes the villages associated with females.  “No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children (and especially his women) he was not really a man… Nwoye knew that it was right to be masculine and to be violent, but somehow he still preferred the stories that his mother used to tell, and which she no doubt still told to her younger children.” (53). There are many serious concepts and issues that a senior in high school could learn from. Things Fall Apart is an important novel that allows high schoolers think about issues that are bigger than themselves. The novel is thought invoking and creates a possible conversation on serious issues such as racism, religion, and gender stereotypes. Things Fall Apart is a very relevant piece of literature to a senior.