Colonialism In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo Falls Apart Chinua Achebe offers a rare look at the natives perspective during colonialism in his work Things Fall Apart. The central struggle in the main character Okonkwo is that he is beginning to lose his way of life, and he is not able to do anything about it. Conflicts in religious beliefs with the arrival of the missionaries heightens Okonkwo 's internal aggression, and his inability to adapt leads to his downfall. Because the missionaries do not respect the Igbo religion, tension in villagers like Okonkwo increases. Once the white missionaries arrive in the village of Igbo they immediately start criticizing the natives religion. One missionary even told the people that “they worshipped false gods, gods of wood and stone.” completely invalidating their beliefs and intelligence (145). When a whole civilization of people bases their entire life around a religion and then another group comes and tells them what they believe is nonsense, then the disrespect creates an unwavering hatred toward the foreign group. Okonkwo is affected the most by the newcomers and their strange new religion, that he is irate when he finds out his son Nwoye went to a christian mass. “Nwoye turned round to walk into the inner compound when his father, suddenly overcome with fury, sprang to his feet and gripped him by the neck.” (151). Okonkwo is so deeply troubled by his cultures loss of traditional religion that he has no problem taking his frustrations out on his own child. Throughout

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