Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

1082 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine, you are walking to the river to fetch water, when you spot a pale, ghostly man approaching off the horizon. He carries a book and is dressed peculiarly. Accompanied by a more familiar man, the two enter the village and request audience with the village head. Many, in this instance, understood things were about to changed. Lives would be ruined, and lives will be saved. We’ve seen many cultural collisions throughout history; such as, Nazi Germany or the Indian Removal in the United States. During the Scramble for Africa many native cultures were compromised and altered. For most tribes this intervention was seen as unnecessary. The Ibo culture was no exception. The majority of the Ibo in Umofia protested foreign influence in tribal matters, and dismissed Christian invaders. In contrast, some cultural interventions were accepted and benefited those whose identities were challenged. In Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, the character Nwoye had a positive cultural collision that changed his personality, challenged his identity, and exposed the author’s purpose. Nwoye was a young man, who had barely come to discover the world and explore the depths of his heritage. He had a tough time in his indigenous cultural environment. He experienced a harsh childhood where his father “corrected” his behavior through “...constant nagging and beating.” (Achebe 13-14). Nwoye’s father, Okonkwo, had had an unpleasant childhood full of hardship and wanted to drill in…

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