English Essay

605 Words Nov 11th, 2015 3 Pages
Jean Gathoni
English 10
Things Fall Apart vs. Kenya Many societies all over Africa have beliefs rooted deep in ancient religion. Some beliefs in those societies include, polygamy, polytheism, and patriarchy. One such culture that followed these were the nine Ibo-speaking villages of Umuofia. Umuofia is the village in which Okonkwo, prospers in everything to secure his manly post in the tribe. The role of each family member in Umuofia is much defined. The men are overly intimidating. The women and children are treated defectively and often abused. Life in Umuofia is very different from life in Kenya before colonial times. Before the arrival of the Europeans, there was a dominant tribe called the Maasai. Like
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When Europeans started establishing their developments on their lands, they both the Maasai and the people of Umuofia were afraid of change. The Maasai fought for their land unlike the Umuofia. The Umuofia people were terrified to fight for they did not want what happened to the village of Abame to happen upon them. The Maasai, unfortunately lost a lot of warriors when they were trying to reclaim their grazing lands back from the British. But the chief of the Maasai signed a petition the British generated that stated that the lands would be divided equally and that the British would not attach themselves to the other half of the lands. Instead of them getting hanged for breaking their agreement they would be whipped on their backs. The people of Umuofia would immediately get hanged after judgement in court for disobeying the law.
Lastly, both tribes had numerous similarities and differences. Considering the pros and cons of both colonizations, The Maasai tribe and the people of Umuofia have different aspects of seeing how the British worked or the “white man” as they both called it. The Maasai thought the British would bring more water and cattle and go back to their homeland but that did not happen. The people of Umuofia thought that the “white man” would bring change upon them and it did, people started following their God and became their own person instead of staying as one. Whether there is change or not it can make us realize that it is

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