Please answer the following questions:
Why might Achebe have chosen to take the title of his novel from a line in a poem by the modernist Irish poet Yeats? What purposes does it serve? How does reading Yeats’ poem deepen or extend the meaning of Achebe’s title and his novel? Do the poetic references work on more than one level?
How and why did things fall apart? For whom did they fall apart? What were the results of the collapse?
Your initial response should be about 500 words, which is plenty of space to articulate a thesis and substantiate it with direct evidence from the readings.