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Similarities Between Purple Hibiscus And Things Fall Apart

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According to renowned author William Scott Downey, you must “Never be angry with your neighbor because his religious views differ from your own; for all the branches of a tree to not lean the same way.” In the history of our planet and our contemporary society, there has always been conflict between individuals over their religious views. Religion influences our daily lives to a great extent, and without it, our modern society would be much different. However, religion has caused much conflict and hostility that still exists today. In our contemporary world, prejudice has been placed against people of various beliefs through popularized media, false notions and violence involving religion in many parts of the world. The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe follows the story of a man in an African village, fighting for his religious beliefs and his family amidst the settling of Christian missionaries in his homeland. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie follows the story of a young girl trying to discover her true self amongst religious familial pressures. In both novels, there are illuminating incidents that outline the hatred that various religious peoples have for one another and the great lengths to which many individuals go to protect their identity and beliefs.

A significant moment in the novel that reflects religious conflict and protection of one’s religious identity is in Things Fall Apart when the protagonist, Okonkwo, commits suicide by hanging
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