Collision In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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“But stories were already gaining ground that the white man had not only brought a religion but also a government.” (Achebe 155). In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo lives in Nigeria, Africa where a group of white missionaries come to convert the Nigerians to Christianity. The Christian Missionaries believed that their set of beliefs were superior to other beliefs and that they were the only ones who should be followed. They pushed their religion upon other people in the Nigerian tribes, and they successfully converted a few. The majority of the tribes didn’t believe in the missionaries beliefs or want to follow their ways. Throughout this novel Chinua Achebe portrays a collision of cultures between the Christian missionaries and the Nigerian tribes, this collision resulted in Okonkwo questioning his…show more content…
Negative meaning the colliding of cultures may cause the person to question their sense of identity, and positive meaning they respect the culture and may convert to it. In this novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the main character Okonkwo questions his sense of identity, because his sense of culture is such a huge part of his identity. Experiencing two different cultures at once can cause confusion in ones eyes, forcing them to re-think what they have grown up knowing, and learning what that means for them and their identity. The Christian missionaries tried to teach the Nigerians their ways and convert them, but most of them did not convert and were against the Christians, they wanted them to leave or to be killed. Although, they were able to both prove each other wrong when it came to certain things, only a few people could respect each others cultures. Okonkwo would not accept the missionaries and what they believed in, which lead to his death, his suicide, based upon the cultural fighting taking
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