Okonkwo's Change after Exile and Colonization

628 WordsFeb 24, 20182 Pages
All over the world, cultures possess traditions that are uniquely their own. When two diverse cultures collide, there is a cultural shock that is experienced by both sides. In the novel Things Fall Apart, the colonization of Umuofia by the British created a drastic cultural clash that suppressed the Igbo tribe’s unaltered culture. The colonization influenced many people’s lives in the Igbo tribe; some members converted to Christianity, others wanted to keep the Igbo’s traditions alive, such as Okonkwo. According to Okonkwo, war was the only viable option. The British colonization fostered Okonkwo’s change to go from being a momentous man in his clan to an outcast among his village. Prior to the colonization, Okonkwo sat near the top of the clan’s social ladder. Okonkwo worked for his titles by motivating himself to never be the person his father was. As a result of his hard work, Okonkwo earned a spot as part of the egwugwu. Achebe hinted at this during the egwugwu trial by saying: “Okonkwo’s wives, and perhaps other women as well, might have noticed that the second egwugwu had the springy walk of Okonkwo. And they might have noticed that Okonkwo was not among the titled men and elders who sat behind the row of egwugwu” (89-90). The quote implied that Okonkwo was part of the egwugwu. In the Igbo tribe, being an egwugwu was a high honor. The circumstance under which Okonkwo was appointed to become an egwugwu proves that he was a man of high status among his tribe. Okonkwo
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