As seen in Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s death, we see a demonstration of his rash thinking. Okonkwo’s irrational decision - making, as well as his fear of being perceived as weak like his father drove him to kill Ikemefuna. If Ikemefuna has not been killed, then this would have prevented Nwoye from converting to Christianity. As seen “after the missionaries finished singing, Nwoye pondered about what he just heard, the hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul the question of Ikemefuna who died” (Achebe 128). Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s murder ultimately pushed Nwoye to Christianity and this caused Okonkwo to lose respect in himself for not raising a better son.
Okonkwo 's fear of being feminine like his father causes him to become an extremist in his views. This fear and the extremes to which it carries Okonkwo cause him to lose respect and power amongst his people, ultimately leading to his demise. Okonkwo realizes he no longer has control over his people after he beheads a messenger in front of all of Umuofia. The reaction of Umuofia is contrary to what Okonkwo expected. The narrator describes their reaction on page 205 by stating, “Why did he do it?”.
The reason this negatively affects Ibo people is that if Ibo people begin to lose faith in Ibo religion, they could leave Ibo society, and go join the white man. This would cause Ibo society to lose power as their people would begin to follow the white men. The white man’s arrival shows us that colonialism negatively effects Ibo society as it causes Ibo people to lose their
This springs a collision between Okonkwo and Nwoye. Nwoye wants to become Christian and Okonkwo does not approve of what the white men introduced to the Ibo culture. There were other people in the clan like Okonkwo that went against their faith and claimed that everything the Christians believe in was false. Nwoye knows his father has a bad temper and so when Okonkwo found out that he wanted to convert, Nwoye knew that it would cause conflict, and Okonkwo would want to kill him. " Answer me," roared Okonkwo, "before I kill you!"
Everything Nwoye thought was morally right contradicted his fathers believes, so Okonkwo completely disowned his son and cut all ties after attempting to kill him. As a result, Nwoye moved in with the Christians and was able to escape his father 's abuse and controlling attitude. He was also able to escape from a faith that didn’t support his morals. Conclusion: How did the character develop Although much of the Ibo population reacted negatively to the forced Westernization of Nigeria, a number of people, such as Nwoye, accepted and benefited from the new religion.
My thoughts have trapped me and made me flee from you!”(Pg.173). Antonio believes he has sinned as he questions God for punishing his brothers who in his eyes are great men of intentions as they’ve been through the war. His begging then represents his fear towards God showing that even questioning him may attract consequences. He becomes petrified that he would be punished and eventually fail his family because he wouldn’t fit the criteria being a coming selfish
The group derides the people that are considered weak, including the men who did not get involved in the execution as well as women. This reveals that Okonkwo goes on the trip because he does not want to appear effeminate and be laughed at, which suggests he values his reputation greatly. Later in the scene, Okonkwo looks away when a man attacks Ikemefuna, but when Ikemefuna cries for help, Okonkwo slaughters him. This conveys Okonkwo’s internal struggle, which reveals the complexity of his character. Okonkwo is more than just a violent and cold-blooded character.
Black Boy #2 In Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Wright’s reaction to religion suggests that he is an infidel and that he defies his parent’s authority. Firstly, Wright reacts to religion in a negative way. Wright expresses this when Granny and Aunt Addie try to revive his religious life “Whenever I found religion in my life I found strife, the attempt of one individual or group to rule another in the name of God” (Wright 136). This shows how Richard always finds away around religion or to somehow negatively affect Granny and Aunt Addie’s strict religious authority.
At first Okonkwo resents Ikemefuna because he is a weak, feminine boy. As the book progresses however their relationship grows and their relationship becomes more of a father son relationship. Before things fall apart, Ikemefuna is ordered to be killed. Strictly advised by Ogbuefi Ezudu, Okonkwo is to not take part in the killing of Ikemefuna. Although told not to, Okonkwo’s heedless ears ignored the advice and went forth to killing Ikemefuna.
The colonizers wanted to civilize native’s people but instead they created for them a state of continuous Otherness. One important tactical feature inherent in the notion of culture is definitely it’s of differentiating between self and other. And culture plays an important role in shaping the environment. However, native’s culture has been disappearing due to influenced of British missionaries. So
Jesus’s name has been banned from being taught in many countries around the world. However in these countries Christianity is steadily growing. The Holy Spirit, that is what gives persecuted Christ followers the courage to teach Jesus, is always around believers and un-believers: the Holy spirit cannot be banned. Believing this simple truth, we know that Christianity changes the individual, the culture, and the government. There is a plethora of tales of Christ changing people for; C.S. Lewis was a devout Atheist turned Christian.