British Colonialism In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

856 Words4 Pages
Colonialism brings many new ways of life for the nations they colonize, including new tools to work with, working techniques, and language, but the most significant are new beliefs. As cultures interweave, and religious ideas interchange, some people will start to adopt this new foreign ways, while others reject it for different reasons. The Nigerian author Chinua Achebe wrote about this in the book Things Fall Apart, throughout Nwoye’s persona and his transformation throughout the story due to the nascence of British colonialism around the Igbo culture. Nwoye is introduced as the firstborn of Okonkwo, the main character. Although young, he is put to hard work by his father and is constantly belittled by him, which builds up for them to not have a healthy relationship. Okonkwo’s hard hand upon his son can be seen as a result of his own father-son issues with Unoka, because it is described that Unoka “the grown-up, was a failure.” (Achebe, pg 5), Okonkwo “wanted his son to be a great man indeed” (pg. 33) unlike his grandfather. Due to the actions of his father, Nwoye finds this new religion in town to be a mysteriously, fulfilling faith, which is one of the reasons he is drawn to Christianity; to go against his fathers wishing could be another reason to transform.
As described in the book that “it was not the mad logic of the Trinity that captivated him” but rather it was “the hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and in fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent

More about British Colonialism In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

Open Document