Religion in Things Fall Apart Religion is the belief in a greater power, which shapes the way someone lives their life. Religion can bring people together, or it can pull them apart. The novel Things Fall Apart, a work by Chinua Achebe, is about a man named Okonkwo and how he and his village deal with the colonization of Christianity. In the end, it pulled Okonkwo away from his people, leading him to his death. Not only did Okonkwo face the new idea of Christianity, but so did Chinua Achebe.
A prominent style of the speech is that Obierika uses a lot of repetition, as he has preached about how his clan have lost the mighty warrior Okonkwo, and turned their backs from the clans’ gods and customs. This is to make a strong standpoint, and to show power, confidence and masculinity. Obierika ultimately wants his clan to stand up for their rights and take back their land from the white men that are colonizing it. (138) Today is a sad day, for today, a great warrior have fallen. A man of honour.
“‘The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. 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’” (Achebe 176).
Rick Godwin once said, “One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain”. In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo resists changes when the british missionaries arrive and it causes conflicts throughout the novel. His defiance, warrior-like, manliness behavior leads him to his suicide when he realizes change sometimes can not be controlled. Okonkwo’s nobility and prosperity is revealed through his success and leadership within the clan. Aristotle stated in “On Tragedy” that “He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous.”.In “Things Fall Apart” Achebe gives background information on Okonkwo saying “He was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams, and had just married his third wife.” (5).
For example “He was polite, friendly, well-groomed… he seemed extremely intelligent, I thought he was too nice a kid to be living by that hot spring with those nudist and drunks and dope smokers.” (Franz pg.51). Franz had asked Chris to be his grandson but Chris rejected him in the nicest way possible. But still Franz took Chris’s advice about doing something bigger with his life. Franz said “when Alex left for Alaska… I prayed. I asked God to keep his finger on the shoulder of that one; I told him that boy was special.
“That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself;” (Achebe, Pg. 183) Okonkwo, a man of power who was greatly revered by his family, lost all his valuable objects, power, titles, and his son due to the white men’s new religion. He could not stand seeing his own religion fading away and thus, hanged himself. Those extremists who were introduced a new culture were at first in a great dilemma but their minds were later occupied with anger.
Throughout the journey, they have not formally addressed Odysseus as his official title and in doing so, they show respect and admiration to Odysseus who pulled off yet another feat. Although Odysseus had made rash decisions that brought a fate of suffering upon these men, they praise him, suggesting that they have forgiven him―a sign of trust. Later when the men compare Odysseus to their return to Ithaca, they express their deep devotion for him. Odysseus is the famous face of Ithaca, their king, the closest thing they have of home. The thrill the crew feel when they see Odysseus is of renewed hope of sailing home.
Okonkwo thinks that the Christians have ruined their clans because the clans found a new and accurate teaching, they began to doubt their own religion and the Igbo society was no longer acted like one. The death of Okonkwo at the end was unpredictable because throughout the novel, Chinua Achebe described him as a strong warrior who feared of nothing besides failure and weakness. When Okonkwo committed suicide, he also committed the only thing he feared, and that was
Achebe uses is irony. An example of tragic irony in Okonkwo 's suicide at the end of Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo is a proud and important man, so he is not expected to commit suicide. When Okonkwo dies, it especially ironic when considering what he regularly said after the terrible harvest year: ' 'Since I survived that year”, he always said, “I shall survive anything.” (Achebe. Page 24.)
He was well known and seemingly loved by almost all the people he came across. Slowly, his relationships and strong bonds with people begin to deteriorate. “Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking-off” (Shakespeare Act I Scene VII). Macbeth even begins to disregard the current king, through his reign has been good and beneficial to everyone. That doesn’t matter to him, he feels as if he will do better.