Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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During the mid 1800s and 1900s, the continent of Africa was being invaded by European superpower nations such as Great Britain, France, and others. The proper act was named as Colonialism which according to my lecture notes means: “a racially based system of political, economical, and cultural domination forced on an indigenous majority by a technological superior foreign minority” (Zeitler). For instance, many European nations enforced imperialism on the continent of Africa because of its recently discovered natural resources which would be beneficial for their countries, and Europeans used western education and religion as a moral “cover” for their easy access to the native African’s lands and enforce the natives to be more civilized…show more content…
Another example of political change was that the judicial system deal with any major or minor issue rather than before when it was settled by the clan leaders and village elders. For instance, if a native wants to address an issue about his marriage disputes such as divorce then he/she must hire a lawyer, so the lawyer can represent them in the court of law and they are being judge by the exact same laws that is being enforced back in Great Britain, not the law that would be similar to Igbo society. According to my lecture notes, even thought the Europeans brought their political and judicial system to Umuofia or Nigeria as a whole there was some downfall in their system such as the system was corrupted and the upper class or wealthy people had the upper hand on the society which they could bribe lawyers, judges, and other government officials (Zeitler). Close to the end of a novel, one of the native converts such as Enoch will interrupt or ruin the ancient tradition by unmasking an egwugwu in public which considers one of the greatest crimes, but Mr. Smith thought of it as a misdemeanor and disagrees with locals (2498-2499). The egwugwu and Okonkwo were furious about their white “guest” wrongdoing and decided to punish their guest by their own political system such as to banish them from the village they set the church on fire which from native perspective looked like getting rid of “outsiders”, but from the
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