Ezeulu’s as a great orator convinces the Igbo people to maintain the cultural ethics of the society. The Igbo people followed the new religion. The disruption of their culture is pointed out by Ezeulu expressing the apologies and persuading them to join the clan again. He appeals the people of Umuaro, “when a man sees a snake all by himself he may wonder whether it is an ordinary snake or the untouchable python”. (AOG: 143) Ezeulu’s appeal to all the villagers is an attempt to maintain the social identity through the unique culture of the Igbo people during colonial
The Igbo religion had been passed on from generation to generation, which caused them to be so strong in their religion, so when the white missionaries came and tried to convert them, they were very unwilling to switch to Christianity (Kucharski, Mike.). The fictional characters in the novel participated in certain rituals that reflect the religion of the Igbo people. When public events take place in the novel, the egwugwu, who represent the ancestors and deities, meet with all the people of the village in one space; this shows that the Igbo had a religion that influenced their government (Ogbaa, Kalu.). In the later chapters of Things Fall Apart, Achebe uses a conversation between Okonkwo and Obierika to say that the village’s way of life works because of their land, language, customs, and religion, but the white missionaries disturbed the peace of their village and caused things to begin to go badly for the Igbo (Achebe, Chinua.). Throughout the whole novel, Achebe points out the main differences between the Igbo religion and Christianity.
As in the case of the three novels, it helps advance the plot in order to make a meaningful story. Although the three novels talk about the concept of God and religion, it presented different beliefs through the novels’ characters, society and even religion itself. In Things Fall Apart, the Igbo people are presented as polytheistic with Chukwu as the supreme god who had assigned several smaller gods who would help him carry out his duties. Some of their gods include: Agbala who has the ability to tell the future and Ani, the goddess of earth and harvest whom people give sacrifices to in order to give prosperity to their land. The Igbo people likewise keep wooden images of their divine beings which they worship and frequently offer tributes to.
Without understanding the real Igbo culture, the District Commissioner in the novel decides to title his book “The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger. (Achebe, 209)” As Nick Knudsen mentions in his Prezi, Irony in Things Fall Apart, this shows the Commissioner’s ignorance of how culturally sophisticated the Igbo are, and demonstrates the fact that Europeans are clearly in the wrong, without passing judgement on them. Throughout the novel, Achebe suggests that just because Igbo society pass on knowledges orally, does not mean that they are primitive. By using Western literary tradition, the author implies a message
After the gods and goddesses gathered around they ordered that Aruru would create and equal, someone with the same amount of power as Gilgamesh so the he can balance him out. Thats how Enkidu was brought to earth. Enkidu played a major in the change of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh never actually had
This also represents the importance of image to him and shows that he is self-conscious about himself. “‘We shall not do you any harm,’ said the District Commissioner..” (Achebe 194). This is quite ironic since the Europeans ended up abusing Okonkwo and his comrades and eventually destroying the Igbo culture. In this quote the author is implying that in the European's’ perspective, they are doing a good thing for the Igbo in the Umuofia by changing their beliefs, but in reality they are destroying their culture which the foundation and the identity of the Igbo. The author attempts to teach us to see things in a different perspective and not only solely rely on one perspective because if we do, we are probably missing the reality or the truth.
Representation of Igbo Culture in Things Fall Apart The word culture means people's life style and the way they perform certain things. Various groups of people can have various cultures. Culture is transferred to the next generation by the process of learning whereas biological characteristics are passed on by heredity. In a specific society, every culture is a combination of positive and negative elements. In which way these contrary aspects of Igbo culture have been presented by Achebe in his novel "Things Fall Apart?"
Religion is considered to be the most influential and persuasive force that inspires individuals and communities. The pre history events reveal that actions of love and self-sacrifice are rooted in holding religious beliefs. Kimbell, in his book, When Religion Becomes Evil, defines religion, “The word religion evokes a wide variety of images, ideas, practices, beliefs, and experiences, some positive and some negative” (pg 20). Hence, religion involves human understanding; the way people value God and some personal thinking of fundamental reality. Religious life is set in that way that defines appropriate and inappropriate behavior.
More than that religion has a euphoric function that serves to counteract feelings of frustration and loss of faith by reestablishing the believers' sense of well-being, their sense of the essential rightness of the moral world of which they are a part. By countering the sense of loss, which, as in the case of death, may be experienced on both the individual and the collective level, religion helps to re-establish the balance of private and public confidence. Finally, religion as a social institution serves to give meaning to man's existential predicaments by tying the individual to that supra-individual sphere of transcendent values (Durkheim