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. 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.
John Eliot and Roger Williams were puritans who worked with the Indians in the mid-1600s in Massachusetts. They both started their work in Massachusetts, but Roger Williams ended up in Rhode Island. When they were working with the Indians, they performed civic duty. A civic duty is the duties or obligations a person has toward his or her society (or community) .While both men thought that the Indians were victims of the English and that it was their civic duty to help the Indians, Eliot thought forcing his religion on the Indians was helping them, while Williams fought for land and freedom of religion for the Indians. Although they were both christian puritans, John Eliots views were thatit was his civic duty to help the Indians by forcing his religion upon them, while Roger Williams though it was his civic duty to help the Indians get religious liberty.
Christianity turned Nwoye’s life around. He broke apart from the Ibo cultural norms, and became a part of a religion with morals and believes he agreed with. Furthermore, Nwoye was sent to a college to get educated. When Obierika confronted Nwoye about why he was with the missionaries, Nwoye replied: "I am one of them" (), showing that his perspective on religion has changed for the better, based on his own morals, and not the clan’s or his fathers. Okonkwo, however, didn’t approve of Nwoye’s religion change.
Both Martin Luther King and Malcom X set out to change the future of African Americans. Although their intentions were for the betterment of their race, one man chose to use his words to make a difference, while the other chose more aggressive means. Their ways of getting their messages to be heard were extremely different. Malcom X was feared by many, while Martin Luther King was loved by many. Martin Luther King’s way of life may have had a lot to do with how he handled the civil rights movement.
When referring back to the slavery era in America, slaves were encouraged and often forced to adopt white religion (Christianity) through missionaries. The patriarchal view of religion impacted the black communities by discouraging them to question the order of their master. This idea was confirmed by Walker in an interview in 2012, where she stated that although Celie finds her voice by writing letters to God, she “discovers that the God that she is writing to is deaf, because he’s basically the Christian God that has been imposed on black people.” Consequently, with each passing generation, the Christian are further entrenched, strengthening the dominance of Christianity in black
King was a Christian in the black Baptist tradition but he also had a long experience among black Protestant liberals. He believed America was a Christian nation and had failed to live up to its destiny. His faith was derived primarily from people’s suffering and struggling in a society where whites talked of freedom and justice, while blacks experienced slavery and segregation. Black Christians, on the other hand, believed that God did not condone whites mistreating blacks. They believed all men and women were created to live and share this planet equally among one another.
In the novel, The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver illustrates Nathan Price’s desire for power over the people of Kilanga and the women of his family through his religious beliefs to depict the materialization and effect the “White Man’s Burden” and misogyny can have on an individual. As the white man enters the heart of Africa to perform “God’s will”, he feels immense pleasure from overpowering the African natives. That white man is Nathan Price, a Southern Baptist Preacher. As Nathan and his family first arrive to the village of Kilanga, the villagers and their leader, Tata Ndu, welcome them with a freshly-killed goat. However, despite this warm welcome, Nathan becomes horrified by the nakedness and sins the villagers exhibit.
In Barbara Kingsolver’s work, The Poisonwood Bible, Nathan Price is a character which responds to injustice in some significant way. Out of all the other characters, Nathan is the one who responds the most to an act of injustice by going on a campaign halfway around the world to somehow repay his obligation to God. He plans to do this by spreading Christianity, or at least his version of Christianity, to the native people of the Congo. The whole reason for him doing this is that he believes being wounded and leaving battle right before the rest of his company dies is an act of injustice and feels as if though he should have died there with his men. Nathan feels like he is a failure and is guilty for not dying with his brothers on the battlefield.
In the excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech (Option B), he uses strong connotative diction to educate those in the audience who are not undergoing the hardships that African Americans are. King’s strongest use of connotative diction can be found in paragraphs 5 and 6. In paragraph 5, King refers to a “dark desolate valley of segregation” which is directly mirroring psalms 23; the quote is significant because King is widely known for being a preacher, and through this quote, he has specifically chosen those words to bring his persuasion to the next level. The Christians in the audience, will better understand the feeling of isolation in a world of happiness known by whites. King also suggests in paragraph 6, the feeling of
Chinua Achebe wrote Things Fall Apart in order to educate people of African culture and lessen the idea of otherness. Achebe wrote the book to show that African communities are not uncivilized like the people in the “civilized” societies believe. Achebe combats the stereotype that Africa was uncivilized and eliminates the idea of otherness by describing how the Igbo culture works, through the use of language, and by using biblical references. Achebe combats the stereotype that African societies are uncivilized by showing what life is like in Umuofia. Achebe shows that the people of Umuofia are peaceful which can be seen in the process that occurs before they go to war.After a woman from Umuofia was killed in the neighboring community of Mbiano Umuofia fixed the conflict peacefully instead of going to war.
Douglas Hudgins was a white moderate, and a powerful pastor in Mississippi. Reverend Hudgins believed religion was only about keeping the soul pure for the sake of salvation, and this formed his opinions about black people, church, and preforming good deeds. Many people in the Civil Rights Movement were compelled to action because of religion. They thought there was a connection between the message of the gospel and their fight for equality. Other people felt that they were being called by God to protect their local area from the sins of the world, including people who were visiting for the sake of civil rights.
The poem “Who’ll Join the Union from Lyrics of the Afro American Spiritual: A Documentary Collection” by Erskine Peters, is an a song African Americans sang about joining the Union the Civil war. In this spiritual song, African Americans are singing to God and to one another about God’s mighty works and joining the union. This song sings of God and praying to him to change one 's way. It also speaks that through changing one 's ways, God, who first paved the way by Christ coming down and dying for one 's sins to set their soul free; Now through their faith, God has now paved the way for them to receive physical freedom through them joining the union. This poem begins with saying the highest form of praise to God, which is “hallelujah”.
In the Salishan autobiography “Mourning Dove”, author Mourning Dove gives insight into how the culture of her people was ultimately altered during the late 1800’s; primarily caused by the catalyst that was the arrival and the integration of white values into their society. The main force that drove these transitions to occur stemmed from religion. Through the influence and encouragement of pastors, in this case, Father De Rouge, the Natives beliefs in their ancient customs gradually declined, as his determined efforts to spread the word of Christianity had reached the ears of the Native tribes (Mourning Dove, 26). Whether that be holding service in tipis or aiding the sick and needy. An example of this change regarding their beliefs could be
SUMMARY WRITING ASSIGNMENT This article written by Professor William Scheick from the University of Texas makes an analysis on Phillis Wheatley poem “ On being brought from Africa to America”. Indeed, the author states as main thesis that Wheatley 's poem is not about race but a poem about religion, how as a religious person it is possible to forget about races. Indeed, as the professor says Wheatley was a former pagan which means that whenever she was in Africa she belonged to a community observing a polytheistic religion. However, after being brought as a slave in America Phillis Wheatley converted to Christianism. To give more argument about his thesis the author refers to the biblical allusion in Wheatley 's poem.