Religion in Things Fall Apart Essay examples

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For many people, religion is a very touchy subject. For most, it is a personal decision; people choose a faith that aligns with their beliefs, ideas, and faiths. Although people would like to think that religion is a personal decision, and they can adapt it to how they feel and what they believe, in practice, that is not the case. Religion represents a commitment to a set of principles that are not moldable, adaptable, or flexible. Religion, although it may be a personal belief, it is extremely defined, with little to no room for flexibility. If people try to modify their religion to their own beliefs or ideas, the pushback can be severe. The lines in religion and faith as to what is acceptable and what is not acceptable are clear, and …show more content…
However, in Umofia, and in 21st century America, this is impossible. Religion has become a community event. In Umofia, it is believed that everyone has an influence on the decisions on the spirits, and the actions of one can affect many. If Okonkwo angers the Earth Goddess, and then as a result the crops are poor, he is to blame for the poor season of every farmer. Because of this communal belief that one man’s actions can affect everyone, it is impossible for people to truly be independent in their religion. As long as other people can be hurt by one’s actions, they will be judged for their actions. Later on in the novel, after Okonkwo has been exiled and sent away, “A large crowd of men from Ezedu’s quarter stormed Okonkwo’s compound, dressed in garbs of war. They set fire to his houses, demolished his red walls, killed his animals and destroyed his barn” (TFA 125). Although some of them were Okonkwo’s closest friends, and they “They had no hatred in their hearts against Okonkwo,” they saw it as the “justice of the earth goddess, and they were merely her messengers.”(TFA 125). These people are fed up with Okonkwo and his actions, which they feel are hurting them. As a result, they go on a mission to destroy him and his property, by exiling him and then burning his

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