The Clash of Races Africa has always been the centre of colonization for many European countries.

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The Clash of Races Africa has always been the centre of colonization for many European countries. With its colonization came stereotypes of African’s being inhumane, primitive and savage in comparison to the humanity of the civilized Europeans. The tradition model simplifies the stereotypes into Africans are bad and Europeans are good. Fortunately, it is not as clear cut as this. In Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, both the Igbo of the Umuofia and the British of Europe have good sides and dark sides of their respective races revealing that traditional perceptions of these races are not entirely accurate. Through their systems of government, court systems and religion both parties have the positive and negative effects on each other.…show more content…
This shows the generosity within the village, a quality that only a civilized and humane society could have. Also, the Africans have a comprehensive court system that is relatively fair and accepted by the people of Umuofia. Crimes are dealt with by a jury and prosecutions are harsh but fair. For example, murders and other violent crimes result in executions. In line with the standard canon of African culture, there are a lot of inhumane and uncivilized elements in it. There are a lot of battles fought between different tribes, and strange customs to avoid conflicts. In one instance “Nwoye had heard that twins were put in earthenware pots and thrown away in the forest” (61). The villager’s religion claimed that twins are seen as bad omen and should be killed. Another strange and horrific aspect of the Igbo religion is that they believe in sacrifice. A young boy, Ikemfuna, is killed because the tribe’s oracle aforementioned to eliminate him. During this novel, Okonkwo is seen beating his wives and children. Okonkwo is a warrior of his tribe, so his actions might be expected to be more violent than other members, but his are especially brutal. He often beats his male children if they show signs of weakness or are emotional. He says

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