Things Fall Apart

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Kyle Tucker
4-22-2008
World History 2

Things Fall Apart
Though out the novel, Things fall apart the effects of colonialism were very much evident and a major impact in the Iguedo’s society. During the migration of the white Englanders, as they moved into the native lands, their cultural values changed. For example some of these changes were evident in all aspects of the Igbo’s people lives including, family life, children, death and most important their religion. Within this paper will be a critically analysis examine the ways that the Igbo’s responded to European Christianity and colonialism in Chinua Achebe’s Things fall apart. Two questions will be answered for instance, why the agents of Christianity and colonialism were successful and what were the political, economic and social effects of Christianity and colonialism in Igoboland.

The migration of the Englanders affected the Umuofia’s religion and also caused culture conflict among their people. The people of Umuofia had believed in many Gods. For example one of their gods was Agbala the oracle of the hills and caves. Within the book it is said that “people come from far and near to consult it” (12). For example, if having a problem with their families or neighbors they consult it and could discover what their future held for them. Another God the Igbo’s believed in was Chi who judge people by the work of their hands. The people of Umofia followed their gods every word. They would not go to war without the consulting their Gods. Example of this was when the daughter of Umuofia was murdered in Mbaino they consulted their Gods on what to do and the Gods demanded two things land and a virgin from the people of Mbaino. If the demands were not followed and a war begun then they would be defeated.

The religion of the people of Umofia and the Englanders were completely different. With the migration of the Englanders had caused a major cultural between the white man and the Igbo’s. The white man...
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