Nwoye’s Response To Cultural Change A sense of identity is often acquired and developed by everyone as they mature, but it is always changing as the culture changes. The novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, follows the development of several characters in response to a cultural shock caused by the Westernization of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. The protagonist of the book, Okonkwo, is a strong leader and warrior of the tribe who was obsessed with his masculine image. However, Okonkwo’s eldest son, Nwoye, tries to shadow and please his father, but ultimately fails for he has a soft side. Especially when it comes to religion, Nwoye’s believes, morals, and interests often diverse from his fathers.
A similar choice is required by the Price family, in The Poisonwood Bible, as they move from Georgia, U.S.A. to the Belgian Congo in 1959 to serve a Baptist mission. In both of the novels the characters struggles to adapt to new lifestyles that they are not use to. In Things Fall Apart Okonkwo has a controlling personality where he struggles to adapt to change in his tribe. Okonkwo, leader of the Umuofia tribe has a strong, manly, and harsh mindset that is claimed to have helped him succeed financially and socially. But later on, Christian and new political values are coming into their tribe and Okonkwo does not want his people to follow them because he might lose his power and social status.
Nwoye’s development throughout Things Fall Apart in response to the cultural collision and the introduction of a new religion contribute to the profound theme of change. The Westernization and introduction of Christianity changes the Ibo tribe greatly presenting the tribe dilemma of accepting or rejecting new cultural norms. As culture changes, things fall apart for some individuals who are not willing to accept change. However, sometimes a change in culture can provide new options with positive outcomes for people, exemplified by Nwoye’s story. In conclusion, life leads us in different directs and sometimes takes unexpected turns.
In Margret Lawrence’s “This Side Jordan,” white protagonist, Johnnie Kestoe realizes he needs to change his practices in order to have a successful life in Ghana. This novel is based on two different cultures battling for power and identity while the people of Ghana fight to be ruled by their own people. This novel also has to do with old vs new, and how each culture practices different ways of life. Johnnie works for a British company, Allkirk, Moore & Bright in Ghana. Johnnie struggles with discarding his prejudgement of blacks, dealing with his history of violence, and adjusting to Africanization in the new country.
One religion with an only God, instead of many, appealed to Roman Emperor Constantine. He knew that the Christian religion could affiliate his empire and so he could bring about military success. Emperor Constantine 's interest in Christianity made the religion spread throughout the Roman Empire. And so, Christianity became a replacement for all the assorted religions that were practiced at the time in the Roman Empire. The edict of Milan, which granted religious tolerance to Christianity, was signed by Emperor Constantine and emperor Licinius in Milan and policies towards Christians were changed.
Huck Finn Literary Analysis The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, has become one of the most influential works ever written. The story takes place between the 1830’s and 40’s, following a young boy, Huckleberry, who is running away from his alcoholic father. He ran into an escaped slave, Jim, and the two decide to venture down the Mississippi river in hopes of fleeing their troubles. Throughout the novel Twain promotes many great themes; however, one of the most prominent themes that he places before the audience is A person’s morals will often differ from what society views as correct. Twain promotes this theme with his expert usage of conflict, language, and satire.
Purple Hibiscus, written by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, is a novel set in post-colonial Nigeria where the protagonist, 15-year-old Kambili struggles growing up torn between two contrasting beliefs; Igbo traditionalism and western Catholicism. Religion as many believe is the hope in a power greater than ones self. It is also a means of worship, moreover as means of people uniting together as one and believing in one God. Religion is a very important aspect and can certainly impact and influence a person’s mentality. Adichie uses two conflicting religions to show the development of Kambili’s character and maturity, as well as explore the tension that is forced unto the her throughout the novel.
Culture, an assortment of human activities and principles, leads a group of people with common beliefs and values; but after it was taken away by the Europeans, all they felt was lost and with no identity. (Arowolo 2010, 4) Colonialism caused an abrupt decline of culture and tradition in the colonies because the Europeans imposed a new culture on the African’s traditional one. Due to Africa’s subjugation and it being controlled by the Europeans, Western civilization and life style began shaping the colonies. (2) One can say that European culture is characterized by a Christian worldview and individualism. (7) Consequently, imperialism caused African cultural heritage to become replaced by a prosperous European-based one.
Is Religion portrayed as an evil and enslaving tool that hurts and breaks relationships? Purple Hibiscus is a novel written by renowned Nigerian author,”Ngozi Adichie.” The novel takes place in Nigeria and there are two distinct families of the same bloodline who have radically different traditions and ways of life. A number of crucial themes sprung up from these two families such as dictatorship, faith, love and much more. The majority of themes that are present in the book reflect and allude to the postcolonial state of Nigeria. The postcolonial state of Nigeria was very militarial and authoritarian.
Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises tells the story of characters that are living in a post World War I world. Hemingway’s writing gives the reader insight into the cultural norms of the time. The main characters have complicated moral codes and religious beliefs that they contradict through the choices they make. Over the course of the novel, the actions that they find acceptable and unacceptable show the reader how they are changing. Characters such as Jake, Robert, and Brett are all examples of this.
His fascination with this genre was mostly impart of its ability to make music sound uniquely American. When asked to comment on jazz as a generating force for his compositions, Copland remarked: “You see, I was very aware of how French the French music seemed in those days. And looking for an American idiom, naturally, it was a help to know that it had been created in a field that I considered light music. Very attractively the whole world recognized it as American, so it must 've been American.” He claimed he “began to consider that jazz rhythms might be the way to make an American-sounding music.” Copland had the ability to effortlessly make music sound as if stemming from a specific country, regardless of whether or not it was American. Copland felt impelled to stress his country of origin as well as his individual personality, something which had been greatly accomplished by many composers on the Romantic era.
Hemingway feared that his own existence as a writer, as well as his personal life, were in jeopardy (Pollklas,1998). Throughout the story the reader is shown how Hemingway basically wrote Harry to reflect his own life. The two shared very similar problems that caused them pain. From the failed romances, to the war stricken guilt, to the guilt of not taking his writing career seriously, Hemmingway focused quite heavily on his failures. Hemingway’s inspiration for this story comes from a trip he took to Africa on which he found a new location that inspired him.