Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart And Madeleine Thien 's Do Not Say We Have Nothing

1222 Words Dec 1st, 2016 5 Pages
As Geert Hofstede once said, "Culture is more often a source of conflict than of synergy. Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often a disaster." Have you ever had something taken away from you because of cultural differences? Do you know the consequences of the collision between the two cultures? In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, the authors illustrate how cultural collision can lead to disastrous consequences and events. Things Fall Apart, a modern African novel, shows the effects of racism and disrespect from cultural collisions. Chinua Achebe demonstrates that cultural collisions cause disrespect and over time result in disastrous effects. This is also verified through the effects of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in Do Not Say We Have Nothing. If cultures collide, it causes tragedy because disagreements often lead to disastrous consequences. Things Fall Apart is about the tragic fall of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a respected and influential leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria. Christianity, a religion spread by the missionaries, did not have respect for the Igbo religion or appreciate it at all. As the book states, “...they have been sent by this great God to ask you to leave your wicked ways and turn to Him” (page 144). The missionaries are disagreeing with the Igbo, telling them that their beliefs are false, and because of that, they are…

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