Reflection Of Things Fall Apart

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Things Fall Apart shows the clash between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the culture of the Igbo people. The novel tells the story of Okonkwo, a powerful village leader and the destruction of the village of Umuofia. Okonkwo’s father left the village in a tremendous amount of debt and this sets the stage for how Okonkwo feels about his own son Nwoye; he fears that he will become a failure like his grandfather because he seems to be lazy. However, the village wins a virgin and a fifteen- year- old- boy and Okonkwo takes in the boy, Ikemefuna, and treats him like his own son. I can’t imagine how his actual biological son felt. Another boy came in and took over his father’s favor because he seemed as though he would be a hard worker. Being a hard worker is great obviously, but that’s something that I felt Okonkwo didn’t give his son enough time to develop. He should …show more content…
At his funeral, the men were beating their drums and firing guns; one of the shots Okonkwo fired hit and killed Ogbuefi Ezeudu’s son. This was considered to be a crime against the earth goddess and Okonkwo and his family had to be exiled for 7 years. All the buildings and animals he owned were burned and killed to rid the village of his sins. Okonkwo takes his family to his mother’s native village of Mbanta and they help him build a farm and try to help rebuild a future for Okonkwo and his family. I think this shows how strongly the village believed in their leaders. Okonkwo didn’t shoot the boy on purpose, but he had to be exiled for 7 years!
Soon after Okonkwo and his family arrived, missionaries arrived in Mbanta. The missionaries’ leader, Mr. Brown wanted to convert the people of Umofia to Christianty, so he told them that their Gods were false and that worshipping more than one God is idolatrous. However, he became ill and was soon replaced by Reverend James Smith, which brought on drama of its

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