Change In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Everyone as a human being has experienced some form of change in our life, big or small, and it has a lasting effect on who they are and how they act. In Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’, change is a forward facing theme of the whole story, we see change in all forms occur throughout the book; the arrival of the white men and their changing of the igbo culture, the tearing apart of Okonkwo’s family by religion and traditions, and the change that occurs within Okonkwo himself when he realizes he cannot prevent change from happening in the community and culture he loved. Change is destructive in ‘Things Fall Apart’, especially to such a magnitude as we see in the story, it is destructive to communities, to families, and especially to individuals. Community is a major idea in Things Fall Apart, to…show more content…
Okonkwo is a man who is so established in Igbo tradition that he finds anyone who doesn’t follow it to the point that he does as weak and almost effeminate. Upon the arrival of the Europeans and their missionaries, Okonkwo sees change happening in great strides around him such as the bringing of the new religion and he takes an almost “too late to go back now” approach. He is too rooted in tradition to accept the change willingly so he tries to fight it. He kills a missionary but learns that his community no longer supports him, and that he’s lost respect from the clan, this is when he realizes the futility of his actions and that change will come either way. We see the destructivity of this change in the end of the book when he takes his own life because he is unwilling to leave his culture and traditions behind. The change destroyed him, as it did all of the Igbo culture and past religions, and it is from this we see that change is ultimately a destroyer, especially to those who are unwilling to accept
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