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.
Nathan isn’t very effective in his teaching because he comes at problems head on with an iron fist instead of being understanding, compassionate, and caring for the Congolese. In return, the Congolese reject Christianity and fall back on their own religion. One of the main Congolese that rejects Nathan’s search for justice is the chief of the village, Tata Ndu. " Tata Ndu feels that bringing the Christian word to these people is leading them to corrupt ways." (Kingsolver 129)
The South decided to continue to fight about the ‘Carpet-Bag’ government and resisted the North’s help when it was offered. Reconstruction slowly died when the South kept resisting the help from the North. In the South, people such as the KKK took control of the South and the North got sick of it. Southerners resisted help and decided to use an corrupt government and ideas in the South.
All that Okonkwo has done is his life is try to achieve more, but when he doesn 't learn to adapt he causes thing to fall apart. As an example, when Okonkwo refuses to listen to the missionaries in chapter twenty-four the messenger said, ‘“The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop.”’ Because Okonkwo never feared the missionaries when he should have he made the fatal mistake that caused him to take his own life.
Throughout the novel, Nathan 's conceit towards the native people of the Congo is exhibited by his consistent disapproval of their culture. His nature and character easily resembles that nature of the west when they would send missionaries to Africa. Christians believed it was their moral duty to convert African people to Christianity. They would often push aside their cultural beliefs and make them convert. This is showcased by Nathan’s character because he could not let the idea go of having people not destined to God.
With the arrival of the white man, was the spread of Christianity. Okonkwo hated the new ideas. Okonkwo is a very religiously intolerant man, he feels as if his native culture is being destroyed, and wants to protect it as best he can. The white missionaries established churches and won lots of converts, including one of Okonkwo’s sons, Nwoye. Okonkwo is enraged to find this out.
Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has a put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (Achebe, 1958, Chapter 20, pp.166).This quotation effectively illustrates how change in one’s attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs of Okonkwo and was disheartened to lose the Igbo traditions he values as his society slowly falls apart. He is opposed to change and he desperately tried to hold onto the traditional values and practices of his society. He does so in the midst of a European conquest which ultimately results in the breakdown of this traditional Igbo society. The religion of the community in Things Fall Apart is Igbo, however in this story, Christian missionaries come to try and convert the natives to Christianity.
Umuofia fell apart in society and the potential causes for this fall because it was caused by the changes, the missionaries had brought to Umuofia. They introduced a new religion to replace the original one which helped people in the village together, another way was the white men claiming they had more almighty god and accused the Ibo people praying to false gods. They took dexterous and strong approach to introducing the religion to the village men. When the whites enter Umuofia, many people joined the Christian missionaries, forsaken their fellow tribesmen. This caused disfigurement towards the strength of the villages as whole as many people have left.
Achebe labels Conrad as “a thoroughgoing racist” (Achebe, 1977) because of his insulting descriptions of native Africans. Perhaps Achebe focused too much on Conrad’s description of native Africans that he failed to see the bigger picture – Conrad’s message about imperialism. Through Marlow, the readers get to vicariously experience witnessing the harsh conditions of the native Africans under the control of Europeans. Marlow saw “black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth” (Conrad & Walker, 1981, p. 25) as the Europeans in that area fire on a camp of natives. This appalled Marlow; he does not approve of European presence in Africa.
“Each of us hated and feared the whites, yet had a white man put in a sudden appearance we would have assumed silent, obedient smiles. To our minds the white folks formed a kind of superworld…” (229). There are more people like Mr. Wright who experiences the notion of race and stereotypical roles, fearing the white people. The discrimination and racism that the blacks face from childhood create the thoughts and feelings they have in the future, affecting their entire lives.
The North was to blame because they became unwilling to help the freedmen. The North was beginning to think that blacks were not up to the challenge of becoming politicians. The people that had fought an entire war to free the slaves were now backing away. They were foolishly believing that the freedmen were lazy, arrogant fat cats.(Richardson, 517) The North knew it was wrong and false but they believed it anyway.
The Africans were torn from their homeland and families- with spirits broken and all hope lost in this new and confusing world, they were a lot less resilient than the Indians. They did still rebel and try to escape though, but the Indians couldn’t be as easily captured or enslaved in the first place as this place was their homeland and they knew it well. The white settlers were always jealous of the Indians as they thought themselves as superior but could not survive the land nearly as well even with their fancy weaponry from Europe. That angered the settlers and eventually lead them to give up on trying to enslave the Indians and turn elsewhere for forced labor. 3.
The influence of the KKK has resulted in the widespread of violence and other organization groups such as the White Brotherhood, Men of Justice, and The Constitutional Union Guards. The reconstruction amendments only applied to the governments, not the action of the individuals. (Schewart 384) The government failed to give the freedman their land and it also disregarded to enable their self -defense. This change reflected the reconstruction of the federal, state government and its individuals significantly.
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.