Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

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Since the colonization period started, Christian was spreading everywhere in the colonies. Some Africans were accepted Christian, but there were some more traditional couldn’t accept the new culture or religion. Achebe’s Thing fall apart and ASAMOAH-GYADU, J. KWABENA’s “’The Evil You Have Done Can Ruin the Whole Clan’: African Cosmology, Community, and Christianity in Achebe’s Things Fall Part” show how Okonkwo would do anything to prevent showing his weakness and converted to Christian. He would do anything to prevent loseing his honor in his society because his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness like his father that caused his family suffered from poverty. Therefore, Achebe uses symbolism and conflict to show Okonkwo fears to change and he would do anything to keep it same because he scares to lose everything he fought so hard to get success.
In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe uses symbolism to describe why Okonkwo fears of change and failure. According to the text, “Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children had barely enough to ear. People laughed at him because he was a loafer, and they swore never to lend him any more money because he never paid back” (Achebe 5). This shows that Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, was a failure and caused him and his mother suffered from poverty. This made Okonkwo lives in the shadow, fear of failure for his whole life because the life he had when he was young caused him have a…

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