The Second Coming

December 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm (Uncategorized)

·  What is the meaning of the phrase “Things Fall Apart” within Yeats’ poem?

As many literary pieces do, the poem, “Things Fall Apart” refers to the biblical apocalypse. The “beast” seems to be a figure similar in the Bible. Like many authors, Yeats seems to have been inspired in some way by the Bible.  The meaning in the phrase “Things Fall Apart” in his poem seems to be a warning or a dirge for the lost world.  .

·  What does the Second Coming refer to in general?

The Second Coming in general seems to refer to the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Revelations in the Bible describes what God showed the apostle John through a dream: the end of the world. Jesus is killed and resurrected. And the world survives loving God and worshipping him.  

·  What does the Second Coming refer to in Yeats’ poem?

The Second Coming in Yeats’ poem obviously contains some Biblical influence.  “The Second Coming is surely at hand.” shows that the Second Coming is an event that everyone knows about.  The spirits of the world being summoned is surely a reference to the Bible. 

As you read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, note how the novel both takes up and changes Yeats’ version of the Second Coming. Who or what in the novel represents a “rough beast” that “slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?”

As I read “Things Fall Apart” I noticed the novel, even if it is inspired by the Bible, it still changes the meaning of the Second coming.  The beast are represented by the Europeans in the novel. The “rough beast slouches toward Bethlehem to be born.” The beast goes to Bethlehem to cause more evil.  The Ibo, the Europeans come unwelcomed to the hometown of the Ibo people and cause things to fall apart.


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