The Imposition of Colonialism on Africa

1233 WordsJun 20, 20185 Pages
African Colonialism The imposition of colonialism on Africa drastically reconstructed the continent. All over, European powers attempted to “assimilate” countries into their own, all the while exploiting and victimizing their people, culture, and resources. However, if there was one aspect of colonialism that provided a fertile ground for conflict, it was the unknowingly insidious method of introducing religion, specifically Christianity, into African families. This is particularly exemplified in the novels Things Fall Apart, Houseboy, and Weep Not, Child. Throughout these novels, the assimilation of Christianity within the protagonists’ not only results in a destruction of their sacred and traditional values, but also their well-being…show more content…
Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” For Toundi in Houseboy, he is also seduced by the concept of Catholicism, but to a greater extent. Taken in by Father Gilbert, though he appears to be a benevolent fellow and is adored by Toundi, he is actually an elitist and patronizing white man, not only because he takes the poor black boy from his family eagerly, but also because he trains him to become the perfect specimen of African possibility. He even goes as far to show off “his boy” to the other white colonists, treating him as if he were a pet. Oyono’s use of Christianity here clearly displays the way that Christianity was sold to Africans: through treats and trinkets, they drew children in and with threats of damnation they made them stay and disregard their irrelevant and nonsensical traditional religions. This is made clear by Toundi’s affection for Gilbert. However, this affection soon sprouts into gullibility and is exemplified within Father Gilbert’s death. After being killed by a falling branch, Toundi calls him a martyr which is a huge overstatement. Unfortunately, it is also at this peak of naivety, where he is sent to the Commander’s household to become his houseboy and what results is a complete desecration of his life along with the Christian morals he was raised with. For example, Madamme is seen as a strong, moral Christian
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