In the late 1800, Western society did not rest the case of imperialism and colonization solely on conquest. They developed an idea based on Darwinian racial struggle, that it was the responsibility of the more "civilized" whites to help the more primitive, non-whites. This sort of assistance also included the spread of Christianity- the "true" religion. So when the white missionaries went to Umuofia, in their own minds they were justified in their cause.
Upon their arrival, one of their first victims is Okonkwo's family. His son, Nwoye is immediately attracted to the new religion (148). In Christianity, Nwoye finds comfort for things that have long disturbed him, but the religion also provides a way to rebel against his father and his ideas of masculinity. Okonkwo believes that a weak man will never be able to survive in the village, and fears his son may turn out to be like his own father. A man who was always in debt and without the proper qualities of a real man. But, for the most part, Okonkwo's idea of... [continues]
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