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
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).
After treaties were signed by Haudenosaunee chiefs, the British colonies began to impose policies and practices that restricted the Haudenosaunee from affirming their culture and way of life. Furthermore, diseases such as smallpox, measles and influenza brought by European settlers wiped out immense populations of the indigenous people. This resulted in the traditional bottleneck of the Haudenosaunee and limited the amount of culture that would be passed down. Due to the dominance of the Europeans, the Haudenosaunee were forcibly assimilated into European culture. As they were assimilated, they lost their traditional ways of life and adopted the western way of working, eventually resulting in a homogenized culture.
When the Europeans began colonizing the New World, they had a problematic relationship with the Native Americans. The Europeans sought to control a land that the Natives inhabited all their lives. They came and decided to take whatever they wanted regardless of how it affected the Native Americans. They legislated several laws, such as the Indian Removal Act, to establish their authority. The Indian Removal Act had a negative impact on the Native Americans because they were driven away from their ancestral homes, forced to adopt a different lifestyle, and their journey westwards caused the deaths of many Native Americans.
His main character, Okonkwo, is a wealthy Igbo member who struggles with the missionaries’ arrival to Umuofia. The missionaries threatened the Igbo tribe to convert to Christianity, causing confusion and anger towards to the westerners for their lack of knowledge
Their inability to make choices on their own, and their fear of their surroundings caused them to look elsewhere for explanation if they did not agree with what their own religion believed. However, the Christian missionaries in Things Fall Apart is a symbol for the entire imperialist movement into Africa, and because the Africans were not able to understand what was going on, they feared the white man’s power. This passage in the novel represents the theme of unknown fear, and gives insight on the ending of the book and the downfall of African civilization as they knew
As a result of his masque of whiteness as Lone describes it James is no longer able to be Indian. He now strives to identify with the English masque of whiteness which is that of cruelty, which makes him a full breed pariah to both the Indian society who are annoyed by his denouncement of his true identity and the White Society who are displeased by his pathetic strides at mimicry. His refusal to be Indian is upsetting to both groups and develops his position as an outcast. Additionally, his decision to entirely adopt this English identity by means of projection, which is the defense mechanism he uses to survive the abuse and trauma suffered whilst in England he becomes detestable. As Lone summarizes “he transfers his misery to his nineteen-year-old wife Nimi, in order to ease his
But much to the anguish of Okonkwo, Nwoye embodied most of his grandfather’s traits and this enraged Okonkwo deeply. Okonkwo dreads that Nwoye will blot the acclaim and honour he has worked so hard to achieve. Nwoye’s “incipient laziness” was causing Okonkwo great deal of distress and he sought to correct him by “constant nagging and beating” and as a result Nwoye was “turning into a sad-faced youth” (Pg. 13). Nwoye is aware that he should adopt the more masculine traits of his tribesmen, as desired by his father but he still prefers his mother’s company.
(Wyndham 72). Likely, this also shown the principles in Waknuk have blinded the people terribly, people always think it is the punishment from God toward them but actually it is not. People