Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Another form of political resistance is through the characters in Achebe’s Things fall Apart. The character’s use their bodies and morals to rise against oppression. What the characters do is isolate difference or let, “Umuofia…decided to kill him… [in fear] of being thought weak” (Achebe, 1986, pp. 40-43). Through the physical act of death the end is inevitable and while the Africans decide to act upon it, the colonization is what refrains the movement of the town. There is a clash of cultural conflict because of the way societies deal with political situations. Resulting in separation in Okonkwo’s morals, especially when, “All was silent… Okonkwo’s gun had exploded and a piece pf iron… [In] the…heart… [Forced] to flee.” (Achebe, 1986,…show more content…
The “bite” of the mosquito is small and insignificant at first but humans instinctively scratch which makes it so much worse. Resistance is building and the sign of the characters actions are in the representation that Okonkwo has, “killed it.” (Achebe, 1986) The bluntness of death proves that these characters are not afraid to have their say when it comes to opposing others. Similarly in the novel Achebe uses the description of the Europeans as, “worthless and empty men,” (1986, p. 103) when they arrive. Okonkwo, even though he too is exiled in the book the village changes the traditional society changes when Christianity is introduced. Therefore, as a form of resistance Okonkwo tries to gain back his family and send the word through Obierika who realizes the change through his son, Nwoye. Okonkwo wants to help chase, “the men out of the village or whipping them.” (Achebe, 1986, p. 105). The violent action is a form of fear that is brought about via the change within the community. The characters are being challenged by the past and the present because the colonisers are attempting to take everything from them, initially this leaves Okonkwo disappointed and distressed at the end of the book. He mentions, “I cannot understand these things you tell me. What is it that has happened to our people? Why have they lost the power to fight?’ ‘Have you not heard how the white man wiped out Abame?...

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