Things Fall Apart Essay

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe's book Things Fall Apart is a great story. Chinua does a great job in pointing out the major conflicts in the novel pertaining to the traditional beliefs, and the religious matters of the African people. As the novel goes on, Chinua tries to keep his readers interested and gives them a better understanding by using flashbacks and folktales. Things Fall Apart is about a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan that goes by the name of Okonkwo. Okonkwo was known as a fearless warrior that was driven by his father's failures, therefore driving him to work harder to attain a higher position in the clan. After suffering several tragedies Okonkwo is exiled from his village for seven years; it's during this time that white settlers came to his village. When he is allowed to come back, he finds many changes. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe writes about how the people of Umuofia are affected by the coming of white men. The coming of the white man brought about many changes to the culture of Umuofia which affected their religion, justice, and social life. When the white men came they brought their own religion: Christianity, which was very different from the religion the people of Umuofia practiced. This caused much conflict within the village and the white settlers. The people of Umuofia believed in many gods for example Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and Caves and their personal God Chi. They also had the earth goddess as well as Egwugwu who gave them justice. The White People were Christians and believed in The Holy Trinity, so when they arrived they started teaching their religion to the people of Umuofia. The white people tried making the people of Umuofia abandon their gods and made harsh remarks towards the Gods of Umuofia calling them false gods and making them very upset thus causing much conflict.

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