Analysis Of The Book Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Essay

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Nwoye’s Identity

One day, a stranger that speaks in a foreign tongue wears different clothing, and has a religion based on only one god, walks into town. One must decide whether to accept and make peace with the foreigner or to drive him out of town. In the book Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe presents this situation, as a group of white men bring in western ideas into Ibo society, causing a cultural collision. The cultural collision has positive and negative aspects. For instance, it brings education and advance technology, but it also brings violence and destruction to the Ibo culture. Some people accept the new culture, whereas, some people completely repudiate the new presence in their society. Ultimately, the response of the individual brings destruction or growth to themselves. Nwoye is 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 changes his cultural perspective.

Living under a powerful, successful, and demanding father prevents Nwoye from finding his sense of identity. As Ikemefuna teaches Nwoye how to please his father, he starts to gain approval from Okonkwo but, “Nwoye knew [knows] that it was right to be masculine and to be violent, but somehow he still preferred [prefers] the stories that his mother used to tell, and which she no doubt still told [tells] to her younger children...” (Achebe 53). When Nwoye starts showing signs of weakness, Okonkwo beats…

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