By using celebrations and sacraments that actually occur Achebe gains credibility of his work. Earlier in the book Achebe talked about how Umuofia was feared by the other clans, by letting the missionaries in and granting them the land to stay they have lost some of that respect. “If Umuofia decides on war, all would be well. But if they chose to be cowards, he [Okonkwo] would go out and avenge himself.” (199). Achebe helps the audience understand that some people in these tribes need to be the strongest, which is why he would include how
Okonkwo has a response to the collision of his culture. Okonkwo tries to fight the changes made by the Western people. Okonkwo’s response to the Western people trying to bring Western ideas into the Ibo culture are simply trying to fight back at the Western people with violence. Okonkwo is a strong and fierce leader, but throughout the story, he is challenged by the Western people and the cultural collision because Okonkwo is supposed to be the leader of Umuofia. Okonkwo is supposed to fight back for his village and not stop until he gets it done.
At first, Okonkwo was very set in his ways, and determined to appear manly and powerful to his clansmen, and this came into play when the white people entered into Umuofia, as he tried to fight back. Finally, when he did not get the results he was hoping for, he resorted to killing himself, displaying that stubbornness towards colliding cultures leads to violence and destruction. Overall, when two cultures collide, they can either both accept each other, leading to peace and prosperity, or try to claim superiority over the other, which results, most commonly, in destruction. Unfortunately, Things fall apart ended in the latter, but the other is possible for those with an open mind and a flexible
This causes many of the villagers to question their identity including the main characters son, Nwoye. Nwoye was never very fond of his father (Okonkwo) because of how different they were. His anger towards Okonkwo kept building over the years and it solidified when Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna who Nwoye was very close with. When the missionaries built their church Nwoye had been seen there. This upset Okonkwo who lashed out causing Nwoye to leave and never come back.
The next point in which Nwoye seeks for a new him in his christianity life where Okonkwo almost loses it with him. But because of Okonkwo’s authority it’s extremely hard for him to direct his own son in the right direction away from the disgraceful religion. At first when the missionaries migrate to Mbanta Nwoye almost has to join this new religion because his faith has been weeknd. Long after Ikemefuna 's death as Nwoye tries to cope about his death. But he realizes Okonkwo his dad betrayed him by killing his adopted brother.
After Obierika is done reflecting the author writes, “As the elders said, if one finger brought oil, it soiled the others.” By ending the passage with a proverb, we get a quick glimpse into what will happen in the upcoming chapters. In this case, the one finger bringing oil is Okonkwo. Because accidentally killed the boy and was sentenced to seven years of exile, he is bringing bad to the village. Here the author foreshadows Umofia going in a downward spiral, hence the title, “Things Fall Apart. Throughout this passage the author plays with foreshadowing and vague questioning to add to the mystery of Umofia and Igbo culture.
Although this claim may be true in some respects it is not entirely true as Ibo people seem to unite against one cause, but they do not actually take action. For example, after Okonkwo kills a messenger it states, “Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape” (205). These actions show us that the Ibo people are all talk and no bite, meaning their words do not describe their actions.
By then, Columbus and the crews chopped off their arms and head. Christopher, decided to do this because, he trained his crews to show no mercy or sympathy towards everyone and he thought by doing this, it would make the Indians felt scared to bring the gold, unfortunately, they didn’t. The history of Christopher really caused an animosity that led people to be against him. Yet, Samuel Eliot Morison who is a Harvard historian of Columbus stated that whoever did something that is quite frightening, he is responsible to begin the decrease of depopulation of the Earth n 1492. Besides, Christopher Columbus abused all the Natives Indians, and so he is prove guilty of what he committed to the mass genocide, enslavement, and thievery of gold.
Axtell then described how the natives joined and copied the whites’ way of life. Many of them moved to their cities to take advantage of their technological innovations. Many natives sent their sons to study the white man’s ways: this was considered very prestigious, for many Indians were completely illiterate. Some of them even willingly converted to Christianity in order to become more spiritually enlightened. Such peace, however, did not last long: Axtell finishes his essay by mentioning the prophets that appeared among the natives and tried to persuade them to fight the whites’ domination and to return to their old ways.
Although, they were able to both prove each other wrong when it came to certain things, only a few people could respect each others cultures. Okonkwo would not accept the missionaries and what they believed in, which lead to his death, his suicide, based upon the cultural fighting taking