All Things Fall Apart Essay

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Throughout the novel the main Character Okonkwo sees changes in his village as the Europeans come. When Okonkwo is exiled for seven years, that is when the changes happen. On page 147 it states “The missionary ignored him and went on to talk about the holy trinity. At the end of it Okonkwo was convinced he was mad”. On this page it shows that the white man has tried to change their religion, but Okonkwo won't believe it because he is a strong man and sticks to what he thinks is right. He thinks that they have come in and tried to brainwash his people. Also On page 145 it states “Tell them, “ he said,” that I shall bring many iron horses when we have settled down among them. Some of ...view middle of the document...

Achebe develops the theme of colonial impacts through the white men coming to Nigeria and settling down, and how they’ve impacted the African religion, culture, and society in the Igbo villages.
The religion of the Igbo tribe is worshipping multiple gods, but the white man insists that their god isn’t real and shouldn’t be worshipped. For example, “All the gods you have named are not gods at all. They are gods of deceit who tell you to kill your fellows and destroy innocent children. There is only one true God and He had the earth, they sky, you and me and all of us…. It was a story of brothers who lived in darkness and in fear, ignorant of the love of God. It told of one sheep out on the hills, away from the gates of God and from the tender shepherd's care.” Achebe uses this quote to explain what the white men think the Igbo religion. The gods that the worship are not gods, but gods of deceit. These statues that the African people worship are basically all a lie according to the white man. Men just like the African who worship more than one god are ignorant and fearful from the love of god. The white men don’t believe in this “religion” and are telling the people that these gods are fake and should not be worshipped at all.
In addition, the culture of the Igbo tribe, the Europeans contradict to the customs and traditions that are held …..
For example, “Some of their men had gone out to the beg the egwugwu to retire for a short while for the women to pass. They agreed and were already retiring, when Enoch boasted aloud that they would not dare touch a Christian. Whereupon they all came back and one of them gave Enoch a good stroke of the cane, which was already carried. Enoch fell on him and tore off his mask….
During this ceremony the people in the Igbo villages the tradition of the egwugwu going...

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