1. Charles Scribner, Jr. once wrote that “Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own.” In his novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe creates a diverse and complex cast of characters that embody many struggles of the human condition. Complete a character study of two different characters in the novel; analyze and discuss why these two characters stand out, and explain what’s influential about them. In other words, how can they “stretch” readers’ minds? What do we learn from these two characters? In other words, how do these characters embody the struggles / triumphs of the human condition? = theme 2. Chinua Achebe wished for people to see a “balance of stories,” so that people wouldn’t have a “single story” of Africa and its people. In order to do this, in his novel, Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays the complex community of the Igbo within the fictional village of Umuofia. Determine and analyze how Achebe portrays positive aspects of Ibo culture to refute the claim that his ancestors were a people “without a God, law,” and rich culture. In other words, how does Achebe use positive aspects of Ibo culture to refute the Europeans’ single story of Africa?