This novel depicts late African history and shows how the British administrative structure, in the form of the European Anglican Church, imposed its religion and trappings on the cultures of Africa, which they believed was uncivilized.
It becomes clear that the arrival of the missionaries, obviously of European descent, and the establishment of foreign forms of government creates conflict not only between the colonialists and the tribes but also within the different villages, their inhabitants, their families and amongst individuals.
It also gradually eroded the natives' convictions. It is this conflict and erosion which directly impact traditional culture and lead The second part of the novel focuses mainly on this aspect. It is this conflict and erosion which directly impact traditional culture and lead to its breakdown.
The arrival of a few white people created confusion amongst the natives, but the matter was quickly dealt with after consultation with the oracles, as Obierika tells Okonkwo in Chapter 15, when he went to visit him in exile: The first people who saw him ran away, but he stood beckoning to them.
In the end the fearless ones went near and even touched him. The elders consulted their Oracle and it told them that the strange man would break their clan and spread destruction among them I forgot to tell you another thing which the Oracle said.
It said that other white men were on their way. They were locusts, it said, and that first man was their harbinger sent to explore the terrain. And so they killed him. The three white men and a very large number of other men surrounded the market. They must have used a powerful medicine to make themselves invisible until the market was full.
And they began to shoot. Everybody was killed, except the old and the sick who were at home and a handful of men and women whose chi were wide awake and brought them out of that market. The missionaries had built a church there and had already converted some of the inhabitants and were sending evangelists around to the other villages.
The missionaries also arrived in Mbanta and criticized the villagers' belief in dead gods of wood and stone who unfairly punished those who did not obey the rules and destroyed children. They were told of the holy trinity and the evangelists then burst into song, which enthralled many of the onlookers, especially NwoyeOkonkwo's son.
Many of the villagers left and some of them mocked the new religion. However, an impact had been made and would later have serious repercussions on traditional life, since many of those who had been banished from their tribes would turn to the religion.
Many converts would also be found in others, such as Nwoye, who had been affected by some or other painful trauma related to their own religion or culture. When the missionaries were given land in the Evil Forest, many thought they would die, but they persevered and nothing happened to them.
It was believed that they had a very powerful fetish and more converts were won.
In this way, the missionaries gained more support, creating greater division amongst the villagers. The culture and beliefs of the natives were gradually being eroded in this manner. The colonialists also introduced a new form of government and installed District Commissioners who introduced and exercised new laws.
Certain cultural practices were outlawed, such as abandoning newborn twins in the evil forest. The perpetrators were arrested and imprisoned and were forced to perform menial tasks under guard.
More serious crimes were punished by hanging. This form of control had a slow and debilitating effect on the villagers, which caused even more people to turn to the new faith, giving up their tradition. Another factor which won many new converts, specifically in Umuofia, was the kindness and patience of Mr.
Brown, the white missionary. He made the villagers believe that there was some value in the new faith, after all. He built a school and hospital in the village and, as the extracts below indicate, he won more and more support. In the end Mr. Brown's arguments began to have an effect.
Chinua Achebe's novel, Things fall Apart, takes place in the s, just before British colonization. Achebe's Things Fall Apart brings to light the great cultural differences found in Western society and African society.
Most of the differences in the religion, and the role of the male/female in Umuofia would not be easily accepted. The novel “Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, while often thought to offer readers an accurate portrait of Igbo or African culture in general, often does not effectively represent the culture it seeks to portray.
Culture in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart - Volume 36 Issue 2 - Diana Akers Rhoads rather he must depict an Igbo society which moderns can see as having dignity. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about sending .
Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart is not sexist towards women; in fact, it shows that women are essential to the Ibo society and posses a great amount of strength. For example, the novel is not sexist because it emphasizes. Chinua Achebe is one of Africa's most well-known and influential contemporary writers.
His first novel, Things Fall Apart, is an early narrative about the European colonization of Africa told from the point of view of the colonized people. Published in , the novel recounts the life of the warrior and village hero Okonkwo, and describes the arrival of white missionaries to his Igbo village and their impact on .