How Does Umoufia Change

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Clinging to tradition and religious faith comes to be nearly impossible for African clans. Throughout the novel, Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo and his fatherland Umoufia strives to keep their clan as one. When Christian missionaries come to propose a takeover, the villagers of Umoufia dispute their capabilities to be able to stop the spread of Christianity. The villager 's actions begin to demonstrate that change is inevitable. While Okonkwo is in exile, things begin to spark tension. First, missionaries reveal desperation for land and ask the Mbanta people for reservation to build a church on. Then the clan grants the missionaries the evil forest, assuming they 'll die by spirits that haunt the forest. After some amount time, villagers realize not one missionary has died. The people of Mbanta start to develop the idea that the Christians might be able to see and communicate with evil spirits winning over some converts. Lastly, the missionaries catch the son of Okonkwo 's attention. Furthermore, the missionaries are rising to make their entrance into the clan, establishing the theme change is inevitable.…show more content…
Not only are the converts outcasts, but they 're also men of title. Missionaries have now organized their own government, along with a district commissioner. This leaves Okonkwo in skepticism that his once strong clan is beginning to weaken. "Okonkwo was deeply grieved[...]. He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking and falling apart, and he mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had so unaccountably become soft like women." (134). This obviously confirms the missionaries now have the upper hand on the clans because now they have relevant people. Showing more that change has become more
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