Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Missionaries are a group of Christians whom are on a religious mission. Their sole purpose is to promote their religion in foreign countries. They ‘preach the gospel to all creation. ...and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 28:18-20). One of the places the Missionaries had travelled to is Africa. Both The River Between and Things Fall Apart were written during the independence period of Africa. Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958 tells the story of Okonkwo whom is a member of the Igbo Tribe in Nigeria and his constant encounters with the Christian missionaries. The River Between written by Ngugi was published in 1965 and tells the story of the division between two Kenyan villages, separated due to their different faiths and their different cultural practises such as female genital mutilation. Ngugi and Achebe both use their novels in order to depict and demonstrate how there was a constant struggle between the traditional values and practises of the Tribe and the change Christianity and the missionaries which brought to Africa through colonization. This is depicted through the characters within each novel. In order to portray the differences between the African culture and Christian values both authors create distinct differences within each Tribe identifying what practises make them different. The underlying matter within each novel is that the Christianity portrays

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