Cosmopolitanism In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Having a new perspective with new ideas can change a person. This is true and can be applied to many different people and events, including a character in Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart. In the novel missionaries come to a tribe, Umuofia, and convert some of their people. However, a convert by the name of Enoch creates tension and unrest between the tribe and the missionaries. If this character were to be more cosmopolitan, one who is familiar and accepts other cultures and ideas, and followed ideas presented in Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Cosmopolitanism his actions would have been vastly different. When one applies Appiah’s cosmopolitan ideas, in Cosmopolitanism to the character of Enoch in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the character of Enoch changes to become an individual of more respect, which in turn would prevent the unrest between the missionaries and the Umuofia people in Things Fall Apart. Things Fall Apart exhibits many instances in which cosmopolitan ideas such as diversity in a society, can apply. One of these instances is when people of Umuofia leave the tribe to become Christians and join the missionaries, particularly Enoch. Enoch lived in Umuofia and followed their culture, but when the missionaries arrived he was one of the few who quickly followed the word of Christ. In Cosmopolitanism Appiah claims, “If we want to preserve a wide range of human conditions because it allows free people the best chance to make their own lives, there is no place for the
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