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Cultural Differences In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Everyone knows and learns about the winners in a situation and their story but one never cares to learn the other side, the losing side. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart cultural differences are the core of why things were destined to fall apart in Nigeria. Okonkwo, the main character of the novel has impacted the results negatively of the colonization of Nigeria’s territory. Umuofia is the home to many Igbo people but later would be overcome by the Europeans. Okonkwo with his very violent tendencies never wanted to appear as a weak person. Okonkwo denied failure because his father was a failure and he was determined to be the opposite. Never would he realize his stubbornness would cause failure for him and his community. Achebe has used the novel Things Fall Apart to demonstrate how colonization affected Nigeria and how conflicts and misunderstandings resulted from two cultures colliding. As Achebe’s novel begins with Okonkwo being a confident astonishing leader of Umuofia prior to colonization he did still have much personal flaws. The person that Okonkwo was, loyal and powerful, and his culture meant everything to him because that is what made him who he was. His personality was very dull due to not showing any emotion except hate and only strived to be powerful. Achebe writes, “Okonkwo was ruled by one passion-to hate everything that his father unoka had loved” (Achebe 13). Okonkwo hating the person his father was; a weak man, was the reason that Okonkwo
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