Lastly, near the end of the book the white missionaries had essentially invaded the Ibo tribe and its religion. Okonkwo after “heading back to Umuofia” (Achebe 171) was not really acknowledged or awaited for his return to Umuofia. He was seen as an unsympathetic person when he left and so much had changed that he was now just like any other person. Okonkwo did not like what the white missionaries were up to to say the least. After talking to the commissioner in a heated conversation Achebe writes, “Okonkwo 's machete descended twice and the man 's head lay beside his uniformed body” (Achebe 185) thinking that this act would have the other tribe members in the fight with him.
The Ibo people decided to ban them from the quarry, streams and markets, which made a tremendous amount of the missionary followers believe they were trying to ruin them just like one of them say “ They want to ruin us. They will not allow us into the markets”(pg.160). Even though the division between the cultures is already deep it doesn 't stop there. The
“That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself;” (Achebe, Pg. 183) Okonkwo, a man of power who was greatly revered by his family, lost all his valuable objects, power, titles, and his son due to the white men’s new religion. He could not stand seeing his own religion fading away and thus, hanged himself. Those extremists who were introduced a new culture were at first in a great dilemma but their minds were later occupied with anger.
In Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”, during chapter 15 a group of missionaries came to Umuofia to spread Christianity in the tribe. The people first laughed at them and thought they were crazy. Now that they had given them a chance to prosper, they soon find that the Christians are causing problems with their way of life. Some people think the missionaries mean no harm as they are good people. While others say that they need to leave as they are breaking up the clan.
“He was a man of action and war (Achebe 10).” When it’s percieved too late to change the course of events, the tragic hero Okonkwo recognizes his flaws and gains sympathy from the audience. Okonkwo had much to deal with such as white missionaries in his village and even his own family. One of Oonkwo’s biggest fears was “being thought weak (Achebe 61)” and feminine. His self-worth couldn’t afford the loss of his dominance so after the killing of a clansmen “He could not return to the clan after 7 years (Achebe 124)”. He eventually ended it all when “They came to the tree in which his body was hanging (Achebe
This epidemic is killing many people, this would normally be seen as a terrible thing but St. Cyprian does not value life in this world. He sees life as a burden or pain, which explains why he says many Christians were “being liberated from the world.”1 Again he reassures himself that he has the correct set of beliefs by expressing that only Christians, like himself, are able to enjoy the afterlife. St. Cyprian also saw society breaking down as a test to see who would make the morally correct decision especially when it’s the absolute least convenient time.
“A tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. This person is fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering.” Okonkwo in the book, “Things Fall Apart” is the character we follow though the whole story. His biggest fear is being looked upon like his father, who was a failure in everyone 's eyes and lived a life of hardship. Okonkwo is a tragic hero because he is important in Igbo society and ultimately led to his own downfall due to his fear of being weak. Iguedo, the home village of Okonkwo, was once a proud land.
They tried to prosecute many Christians for their faith. It was made illegal. Christianity spread throughout many empires because it had many followers but it was illegal in the Roman empire. Although Christianity was spreading throughout several empires, the Roman Empire did not like it. They tried to prosecute several of the Christians just for their faith.
The incoming missionaries changed the views of the villager’s beliefs, which caused many to convert to the new religion. Due to isolation, the villagers of the Ibo tribes are unfamiliar with strangers and immediately turn to their gods, who deem them as an instant threat. It was the ‘iron horse’ incident that brought the Ibo villages to the British’s attention in the beginning. The villagers of Umuofia began to descend in power because of the implementation of the British government system, which sentenced many of the tribe’s high ranked officials to prison. For decades, the history of African culture has been overlooked by the glorious imperialization of the British empire.
“The arrival of the missionaries had caused a considerable stir in the village of Mbanta” (Achebe,144). This proves that not only Nwoye was struggling, but the people in Mbanta also struggled as well on whether to take the British side. The people of Mbanta were at first uneasy when the British came. The British have let out their beliefs to the Igbo tribe, which is why many people hesitated to agree or not. “Okonkwo, who only stayed in the hope that it might come to chasing the men out of the village or whipping them” (Achebe,146).
Not only are the converts outcasts, but they 're also men of title. Missionaries have now organized their own government, along with a district commissioner. This leaves Okonkwo in skepticism that his once strong clan is beginning to weaken. "Okonkwo was deeply grieved[...]. He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking and falling apart, and he mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had so unaccountably become soft like women."
Ive lost my brother The meeker family is like Uno, you can’t trust anybody.“Principle, Sam? “You may know principle,Sam, but I know war. (Collier and Collier 21)We may think of the patriots to be the underdogs that won because we didn’t give up. But just like in the book, they killed their own men and raided their own people and left families to die of starvation. “I know, Tim,” he said.
This started conflict between the nations and allowed the Iroquois to become “lazy” and search for easy and more efficient ways to living. The population drop was mostly due to diseases and played a major part in the crumbling of the confederacy. Lastly, the attack on their sovereignty was the last straw in the complete destruction of their Confederacy. The relocation and constant battle between settlers was a major problem with the Confederacy but also with Native Americans in general. One could say they were successful while it lasted due to their contribution to the United States
“Look at what you’re are doing, you are decreasing our population. You are making kids upset because you’re taking away their friends and family just because they follow a different religion and believe in different things than you. Everyone has a right to believe in what they think is right, I think you should let all of those people come back, give them back their old life, the one they want and used to have. “ The men looked surprised that he was actually saying that because he was Pastafarian and they couldn’t do anything about it. “ The man has a point.” said some of the workers.