All Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Essay

1276 Words Feb 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Nwoye and Colonialism One day a stranger that speaks in a foreign tongue and dresses differently walks into town with a culture that is unheard of. The next day a whole army of these people are taking over the town and causing everything to change and break away. In the book All Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe presents this similar situation as a group of White men brought in western ideas into Ibo society causing a cultural collision. The cultural collision had positive and negative aspects. For instance it brought education and advance technology, but it also brought violence and destruction of the Ibo culture. Some people accepted new culture whereas, some people completely repudiated the new presence in their culture. Ultimately, the response of the individual brought destruction or growth to themselves. Nwoye was encouraged to adopt a new culture because of the tribe’s lack of acceptance towards his identity, creating a positive outcome for him as he changed his cultural perspective. Living under a powerful, successful and demanding father prevents Nwoye from finding his sense of identity. As Ikemefuna taught Nwoye how to please his father, he started to gain approval from his father Okonkwo but, “Nwoye knew that it was right to be masculine and to be violent, but somehow he still preferred the stories that his mother used to tell, and which she no doubt still told to her younger children...” (Achebe 53). Okonkwo has always enforced masculine qualities on to his…

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