Religion Can Help Society Progress But It Can Also Easily

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Religion can help society progress but it can also easily destroy the very same entity it has the power to protect. This is entirely dependent on the followers of this religion and how they choose to act on the beliefs that govern it. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, religion is a very dynamic force. In the case of Christianity, the missionaries play a significant role in deciding whether or not their religion will be a force of great good or great suffering. The second factor to consider is the extent to which people, like Nneka, are welcomed within their own communities. If they have enjoyed privileges within Umuofia, they are less likely to simply leave the Igbo religion. However, if, like Nneka, they have had to endure…show more content…
The sequential structure of his argument creates a very clear cause-and-effect scenario in which the fate of Umuofia is entirely in the hands of its people. Presenting a logical and convincing argument in which individuals make their own decisions and are responsible for their own success or downfall pushes them to take the path which yields the most favorable results. In this case, that means going to Mr. Brown’s school. The most important aspect is that these individuals chose to go to Mr. Brown’s school which makes them more likely to stay than if they were forced. Furthermore, those who attend the school will be able to learn skills to help better govern Umuofia not because the white man’s education or lifestyle is superior, but rather that they will learn how to interact with the Europeans, a skill that is becoming necessary on a continent with increasing European presence. Mr. Brown presents the compassionate ways of the Christian faith which is attractive to several people in Umuofia. Christianity offers an alternative way of living for many of those who have faced oppression and abuse by individuals following the Igbo religion. For instance, Nneka “had borne twins [for four pregnancies], and they had been immediately thrown away [every time]” since twins were considered an abomination of nature (151). The plain diction creates an apathetic tone which gives the readers further insight into Nneka’s pain. In a society where a

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