Things Fall Apart Culture Analysis

Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, is set in the Ibo tribal area of the Nigeria during the British colonization of Nigeria. Part one is predominantly pre-contact with British and Ibo culture. Part Two and Three explain the collision of culture and the oppression of the Ibo people.
“Okonkwo’s first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old, but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness.” ( Achebe 13 ) Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, was lazy and improvident, hardly thinking about tomorrow. If Unoka had any money he would hurry and buy palm-wine and owned everyone of his neighbors some money and cowrie. Okonkwo always had a bad taste in his mouth for his father, he never wanted anything to do with him, Unoka would
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When Okonkwo said that Nwoye was not his son he was happy to not have the abuse anymore, but he did not understand why his father overreacted in such a way. It just made Nwoye want to embrace the Christian culture more and learn more about it. If you are apart of the church you will obtain a English name so because Nwoye was chosen to become a part of the church he has gotten one. “He ( Mr. Brown ) had just sent Okonkwo’s son, Nwoye, who was now called Isaac, to the new training college for teachers in Umuru.” ( Achebe ) Nwoye had hoped he would become less of a disappointment to his father if he did something to better himself but Okonkwo thinks of him as his father and he despises his father. ”He ( Nwoye ) had hoped that Okonkwo would be happy to hear of it. But Okonkwo had driven away with the threat that if he came into his compound again, he would be carried out of it.” ( …show more content…
He has much distress in this story that i think he shouldn’t have taken much of the fall for. He clearly has a very different mindset then all of the other boy’s in Umuofia and because of how strict Okonkwo is, he couldn’t show that so when he found the Christians he felt like he could express himself in a way he was confused about. When he first saw and heard the Christian stories from the church, he didn’t understand why he was drawn to it so quickly. He is only a little boy who is finding his way and if he wants to be amongst the Christians then he should be doing what little kids do, which is make mistakes and not be judged for it by your

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