Things Fall Apart

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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 attempted to gain support for their beliefs. Some times this was a welcomed addiction to foreign societies bring them new technologies and ideas to improve their life. But 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 was a perfect example of what effect new ideas and technology can have on societies that have been isolated for generations and have created a unique culture and society because of it. There were many changes that occurred when white explores came to Niger. 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 there 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 the entire 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 is helpers of Chukwu because he cannot do everything alone. But that is where the problem is. By creating these gods to help Chukwu they are creating false ideals to worship witch is against the Christian faith because they strictly believe in one God. “There are no other gods," said Mr. Brown. " Chukwu is the only God and all others are false. You carve a...
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