Achebe wants to get his point across to Europeans and the western world; however, they would not read this if the white men were portrayed as evil and inaccurate. By using celebrations and sacraments that actually occur Achebe gains credibility of his work. Earlier in the book Achebe talked about how Umuofia was feared by the other clans, by letting the missionaries in and granting them the land to stay they have lost some of that respect. “If Umuofia decides on war, all would be well. But if they chose to be cowards, he [Okonkwo] would go out and avenge himself.”
Hunched in a corner, he banged his head, silently ruminating his grief and his hatred, entreating his friends to leave him alone….At the end of his tether he asked to join the Maquis. He had only one thing in his mind: revenge” (171). Here we see that Nafa has a clear goal , that he will avenge the death of his father by fighting the government. Many would agree that this is a just cause, much like the US governments’ efforts to eliminate the scourge of drugs from the US.
This furthers the author 's point that not only did white people force a new culture on the natives, but those like Okonkwo, who fought to preserve their way of life were silenced and their cause was forgotten by future generations. In both The Poisonwood Bible and Things Fall Apart, the characters that are able to grow in their exile by adapting to new cultures are better off than those who attempt to change the culture instead of themselves. When exiled, initial sadness seems unavoidable. But, the characters who adapt to the new culture or take the best qualities from it, are enriched and have a broader perspective with which to view the
This brings up the questions; “What constitutes evil or the punishment of sin?” In addition to, “What is evil exactly?”. Evil is a phenomenon experienced as a result of society’s teachings; what behavior is okay or, in a religious sense, approved by God; people experience evil when they fail to meet the conventional definition of evil. People look for justification as to why evil exists in the world and often struggle to comprehend why innocent people suffer. People desire things to be explainable and the ability to see cause and effect.
“Fortunate is the man who has never tasted God’s vengeance!” (Sophocles, pg. 215) this statement is about fate, where it is trying to pity Creon as the God’s will curse him because of his unjust law. Although the quote implies “men” Antigone, who is the daughter and sister of Oedipus, is also pitted because the gods have cursed the family. Both Creon and Antigone are unfortunate human beings because the gods are punishing them.
For instance, after the Mariners crew was taken from him because of his decision to kill the albatross he was forced to “look upon the rotting deck,” where all of his “dead men lay” (Coleridge 7). The Mariner is tortured by his isolation whenever he looks back at his mistakes. His choice to kill the albatross forced him into isolation which slowly eroded his will to live. Similar to the way the Mariner was tortured by his mistake, Victor is led to his demise after he “swears...to pursue the demon who caused this misery” (Frankenstein 193). Victors isolation corrupted his mind into thinking that the only path left to take was to hunt down his creation until it ended in his own or the creature’s death.
Scar had a jealous conscience and dark deep desires since Simba was the heir to the throne. Thus he wanted to murder Mufasa and Simba to seize the position. He murders Mufasa but Simba survived, Scar then advised Simba to run away, declaring he was responsible for the tragic death of his father and to never come back, like this he would not disturb his reign. The fervor for power led Scar to murder his own brother who was the king were horrendous actions shaped by power.
The next point in which Nwoye seeks for a new him in his christianity life where Okonkwo almost loses it with him. But because of Okonkwo’s authority it’s extremely hard for him to direct his own son in the right direction away from the disgraceful religion. At first when the missionaries migrate to Mbanta Nwoye almost has to join this new religion because his faith has been weeknd. Long after Ikemefuna 's death as Nwoye tries to cope about his death. But he realizes Okonkwo his dad betrayed him by killing his adopted brother.
When his father turned out to be a pauper who was in large debt, Okonkwo saw everything that Unoka loved as weakness, leading to a lack of these qualities. As Nwoye started to visit the missionaries in Umuofia, Okonkwo began to fear that the new religion was bringing out the more emotional side in his son. In a desperate attempt to stop Nwoye’s fascination, Okonkwo beat him, which only damaged their relationship even more. When the missionaries sent messengers to break up a meeting of the clan, Okonkwo killed one of them. However, no one rallied to his side, and the great warrior killed himself to avoid the punishment.
Achebe also provides description of the local judiciary, such as the masked spirits known as egwugwu, who maintain the law and order of the clan. Despite Reverend Smith’s and the district commissioner’s biased view of the Igbo society that it is too primitive and basic, the author symbolizes the death of Okonkwo as the unity and complexity of the traditional Igbo culture. Though Okonkwo’s death is meant to be a tragic ending for Things Fall Apart, Achebe interprets Okonkwo’s suicide as not only a negative consequence but an event that reflects the importance of tradition to the people of Africa. Ultimately, Okonkwo’s internal and external conflicts cause the death of Okonkwo, and through the occurrence the author brings insight on and appreciates the intricacy and value of traditional Nigerian culture to the
Unfortunately, his life was immediately taken away by a fatal murder that raised Jones’ essence back to heaven. Giving this account to his son meant that Coates wanted him to understand that his own race is unjustly targeted as violent beings. The fact that one of his valued friends was murdered because one white individual claimed that he felt endangered in his presence was repulsive towards Coates. This memory scorned his perception of reality of society in that he repeatedly reasoned himself that they have a negative perception towards black