Things Fall Apart

             “Things Fall Apart” is an amazing novel by Chinua Achebe that illustrates the conflict occurring during the period of British colonization of Africa. The novel is told from the perspective of the native people of Ibo. The novel takes place in Umuofia, in Nigeria, in an area where their culture is indigenous to the Ibo people. In “Things Fall Apart” it seems that the African Ibo culture was strong and functional, such as in its religious beliefs and customs, government, economic, and social coherence. The order of Ibo society became interrupted and began to unravel when the white missionaries entered Africa and introduced Christianity. Oknowko, the main character in the novel, is the representation of the African Ibo society and throughout the novel he begins to unravel just as the society. In “Things Fall Apart” different aspects of the African Ibo society began to fall apart such as the religious beliefs, the government, and the economic system.
             Oknowko’s representation in the novel leads one to believe that the society was strong. His status was based on individual merit not on heritage. He was born from a poor family and his belief system was strong. He strived to represent the economic stability within the Ibo society by his agricultural contributions. Also, his religious beliefs are evident throughout the novel, and he strongly believed in his chi. He played a role in the government, the secret society. It is capable to say that the struggles and conflicts throughout the novel are aligned with the society and Oknowno. In the end, Oknowno commits suicide and basically this is the same thing that happened to the society. There were changes due to the entrance of the white man, it was no longer the same society that had been know to the Ibo people.
             The missionaries who came to Umuofia set out to reach everyone in order to convert him or her to Christianity. The missionaries had little inte...

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