Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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The President of the United States, Barack Obama, once said “The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.” The thoughts that President Obama was trying to portray is the loss of true customs and values that many humans were deprived of when imperialism was in placed. Colonialism brought upon so much of a change, that it is impossible to see true heritage in its original form. In the novel Things Fall Apart, this change is very well seen. Written by Chinua Achebe whom was first born in Nigeria in 1930 to parents who believe strongly in Christianity, who belief were changed after their nation was colonized. Fortunately, he was able to experience the customs of his native people from ages ago with the help of his grandparents who firmly did not believe in colonialism and what they had to offer. When the renowned novel, Things Fall Apart, was written, it was written in response to thoughts of Europeans who previously wrote on point of views of Africa and Africans (Chinua Achebe Bio). This novel in particular is centered on the life of Okonkwo. Okonkwo was known for having several wives, having a successful harvest, and his victory against one of the strongest wrestlers in the village. As the novel continues, Okonkwo is exile from his village because of an accidental death of a man. While he is gone, white missionaries arrive in his village of Umuofia and attempts to colonize the village (Achebe). In retrospect, such cultures in Nigeria, had a rich

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