Outsiders In Things Fall Apart, By Chinua Achebe

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Has an outsider ever come into your city to take control? Belittling your religion and trying strip away your freedom. If not, you do not understand the effects it has on everyone. Your life does a 180 degree spin. Outsiders confine you causing your personal beliefs to fade away. In the story Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo sees the destruction of his tribe first hand. Christians take over the town of Umuofia changing the beliefs of the Umuofia people. Okonkwo lives for his beliefs. Even though Christianity guides the Africans to a better education, it destroys the Africans freedom and beliefs.
The Christian missionaries guide Umuofia to an education system, that develops at the end of the book. After Okonkwo arrival back to
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When Okonkwo returns to the town of Umuofia after his 7 year sentence, he comes back unable to recognize his old town. When Okonkwo returns he find out the Christians allow in many weak villagers and even some powerful clanspeople that have titles. Distraught, Okonkwo tries to come up with a plan to run out the Christians. Shortly after, Okonkwo realizes that the ability to run out the Christians grows very small. Thinking about the converters he states, “We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he had won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He had put a knife on the things that held us together and we had fallen apart” (pg. 152). Splitting up the townspeople, of Umuofia, contributes to the Christians starting to destroy beliefs. The Christians change the beliefs that the weak believed in. Since, the Christians convert the weak townspeople, it changes how they see their gods. Changing the townspeople beliefs damages the unity of the town, which cause many conflicts. The main reason Okonkwo mad at the sight of the converters because it shows that the townspeople grow weak and are not willing to fight for what they believe in. Okonkwo sees that the Christians are separating the people and their beliefs. Also, when the Christians start changing the beliefs, the only way out for Okonkwo is going against his beliefs. Okonkwo beliefs give him strength, and without his beliefs, he fear the presence of weakness would appear. The Christians overpower the town of Umuofia. Okonkwo could not live with the thought of his beliefs destroyed so he does the unthinkable. He commits suicide, which is against his beliefs. As Obierika states, “It was an abomination for a man to take his own life. It was an offense against the Earth...”(pg. 178). Even though, Okonkwo fights for his beliefs, he takes his own life because he fears that someone would take

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