Colonialism In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Colonialism causes many controversial discussions about whether or not some civilizations were stripped from their culture by others. New people coming to a different civilizations bring new ideas and more trade, but there are negatives that come, too. A village develops a culture over time, and then when new people come in with new religions and ways of life, everything changes. There is evidence that supports both sides of the argument, but more that supports the side that clans were stripped from their culture. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, he shows how the Igbo culture was stripped of its originality when the Europeans came in and took over. This has negative effects on the main character in the book. He is left feeling like he has nothing to stand for because it has all been taken away, and it eventually drives him to kill himself.
There are many times when in history of humans when a developed civilization has taken over another culture that is not as developed. Chinua Achebe uses an example of colonialism in his novel, Things Fall Apart. He uses the example of the Europeans conquering an African culture called Igbo. This affected the main characters in the book and the Igbo culture itself. “Okonkwo was deeply grieved. And it was not just a personal grief. He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking up and falling apart, and he mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had so unaccountably become soft like women” (Achebe, 183). In the story, Okonkwo was

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