Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

1625 Words Jun 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Imagine living in a world of perfect paradise, where no one disturbs you or takes away your freedom of thought. You’re living in pure harmony and feel as if your life is going to be peaceful forever. But what if one day someone comes along and changes your world, taking away your custom beliefs and changing your culture. What would you do? In the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the character Okonkwo, an indigenous member of the Ibo tribe, comes in conflict with the European settlers as they try to convert his tribe to Christianity. Even though many people choose to convert to this new system, Okonkwo, along with a few friends, respond adversely to this foreign settlement as they attempt to restore order in their native village. As the Europeans bring their religion, messengers, and government into the tribe, the outcome of Okonkwo 's response, causes him to bring his identity into query when he realizes that things that were formerly common, will always collapse in the end.

In the novel Things Fall Apart, such culture collisions take place in Umuofia, as the main character, Okonkwo, gets his village taken over by Christian missionaries aiming to convert his clan. Although many people convert to the White man 's Religion, Okonkwo is the only one who denies these changes. The consequences of Okonkwo 's retaliation, however, only powers the European 's motives and ultimately leads to the fall of Okonkwo. The first evidence of English intervention occurred in the…

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