Differences Between Igbo And White Missionaries

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Analyzing conflict through cultural perspective The distinct perspectives of the Igbo and the white missionaries cultures validates the conflict between them by emphasizing their similarities and differences. These similarities and differences allow the reader to understand why the two cultures are interacting the way they are. The similar connections made between the cultures and the completely differing values allow for their to be conflict and conversion between the Igbo and white missionaries. The book mainly emphasizes the differences between these two cultures, however there are a few similarities between the cultures. In chapter 16 when the white missionaries try to convert the igbo, it says “...the missionaries burst into song.…show more content…
The fact that the missionaries only worship this one god while the igbo people believe in many different gods is a huge part of their differing perspectives. The white missionaries tell the igbo people “All the gods you have named are not gods at all. They are gods of deceit who tell you to kill your fellows and destroy innocent children. There is only one true God and he has the earth, the sky, you and me and all of us,” (Achebe 146). This attitude that the white missionaries have toward the igbo’s religion causes conflict to increase even more because not only do they have completely different religions but the missionaries are flat out telling the igbo people that everything in their religion is wrong. Overall the igbo culture is based off nature and is all they have ever known, so when this new culture tries to take over it causes a lot of conflict . The few similarities and multiple differences between these two cultures makes it clear that the igbo and the white missionaries do not have the same point of view. When you have a situation like this conflict is bound to arise, religion causes many wars and just like in Things fall apart differing perspectives on culture and religion are causing

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