Chinua Achebe, In His Novel “Things Fall Apart” Masterfully

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Chinua Achebe, in his novel “Things Fall Apart” masterfully depicts the socials changes and conflicts that occurred due to the infiltration of colonialism in the Nigerian village of Umuofia. The Meriam Webster dictionary defines the term colonialism as “Control by one power over a dependent area or people” (Meriam Webster). Achebe successfully manages to show the readers of his novel how colonialism occurred within the village of Umuofia, and he does so by revealing downfalls within the beliefs of the Igbo clan that led to members of the Igbo joining the new colonists of Umuofia. The passage I chose to analyze is a conversation between two important characters, Okonkwo and Obierika and their frustrations about colonialism and the…show more content…
Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son is deeply troubled by his father’s participation in the killing of Ikemefuna as the two were close for the time Ikemefuna lived in Umuofia. After the slaying of Ikemefuna, Okonkwo runs into some misfortune that leads to him being banished from his clan for seven years. It is during this time that the colonists arrive in Umuofia and things start to fall apart. I feel passionately about the quote I chose because it draws attention to the unity that the British colonists robbed Okonkwo’s and Obierika’s clan of. “It is already too late,” Said Obierika sadly. “Our own men and our sons have joined the ranks of the stranger (Achebe 176). The Igbo society did not dismiss the colonists as they came to the village, but instead just assumed they would come and go. When the missionaries asked the clan leaders for a plot of land to build their church the leaders of the clan had given them a plot of the “evil forest”. The evil forest was a representation of evil and darkness to the people of Umuofia. People who died of nasty diseases and powerful medicine men were buried in the evil forest. Uchendu the clan leader chose the land selectively as he and the rest of the villagers believed the evil forest would rid the village of the colonists. “Everyone was puzzled. And then it became known that the white man’s fetish had unbelievable powers” (Achebe 149). To the

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