Things Fall Apart Identity

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Grace La Greco
21 March 2018
English ll
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“If you don't like someone's story, write your own.” says award winning author Chinua Achebe. In Nwoye's igbo culture his father was determined for him to become like him, a leader to the igbo society, but Nwoye had other plans for the bettering of himself by following western ways. All around change is what you make of it. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, author Chinua Achebe demonstrates how when faced with a cultural collision one may choose to be open-minded and seek new opportunities through a character’s shift in identity.
Nwoye prior to the European colonists didn’t fully go along with everything his father Okonkwo had taught him to continue his clan ways and traditions. Even though Nwoye participated in cultural events such as celebrations, his father Okonkwo still considered him to perceived as weak just like okonkwo
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Nwoye prior to the European colonists didn’t fully go along with everything his father Okonkwo had taught him to continue his clan ways and traditions. The invasion of the European settlers threatened to extinguish the need for the mastery of traditional methods for the igbo people. This reason is why the invasion was disliked by many, but some clan members chose to go about this impact with a positive outlook and were willing to adapt to the new culture, christianity. Nwoye chose to be open minded and seeked acceptance towards the new culture instead of continuing to try and follow the cultural norms of his own religion. Ultimately Nwoye Converted from his religion of the igbo community to the religion of the European settlers. He then chooses to change his name to Isaac in an attempt to change his identity and Christianize himself. This all eventually lead to him attending missionary school in Umuru. Altogether, Change is what you make of
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