Things Fall Apart - Analytical Book Review

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History 101 Analytical Book Review 10 December 2013 Interference: The Western Way Throughout History there has been a desire for main stream white culture to explore and expand to new areas with many different objectives in mind. Many were looking for new lands that had untold riches while others were spreading cultural or religious beliefs in an attempt to gain support for their beliefs. Sometimes this was a welcomed addition to foreign societies bringing them new technologies and ideas to improve their life, except it was just as likely that these new additions to their culture and society would have a negative effect causing many people's lives to be changed forever. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a perfect example of what the effect foreign interference and new ideas-technology can have on societies that have been isolated for generations and have created a unique culture. There were many changes that occurred when the white explorers came to Niger Area, now known as Nigeria. Umuofia Mbantu and the other local clans have been living in an isolated society and culture for generations giving them plenty of time to adapted and live in their environment efficiently. They had developed many different religious beliefs that were different from the white Christian culture that settled the area. "You say that there is one supreme God who made heaven and earth," said Akunna on one of Mr. Brown's visits. " We also believe in Him and call Him Chukwu. He made all the world and the other gods." (Achebe, 179). Even when trying to understand the Christian faith their religious beliefs are so ingrained that they create commonalities that are not really there. Akunna continues to talk about how the many gods they worship are helpers of Chukwu because he cannot do everything alone. after reading akunna's statement I related it to Christianity of today and to me,

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