Essay on The Falling Of A Tenacious Family

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The falling of a Tenacious Family

Introducing Western Ideas to anyone is a risk a person has to be willing to take because not everyone or every other culture will react the same. Trying to persuade a village that your beliefs are better than what they already strongly believe in is nonsense. In Chinua Achebe’s Novel Things Fall Apart we are introduced to a young man by the name of Okonkwo. Okonkwo is seen as a very strong minded and opinionated individual who would do anything to not be seen as weak. As the Novel continues Okonkwo is faced with challenges he has to overcome or he would be portrayed as a weak man. When a culture encounters new ideas it is hard for its members to adjust to the new changes and challenges they are now faced with.

Okonkwo was challenged with the fact that he was losing his family because he was exiled from the clan for killing Ezeudu 's son. Okonkwo heard from Amaikwu that two white men have came to the village and not only were they white they are missionaries. Nwoye Okonkwo’s son has actually thought about joining the christian religion which shocks and surprises him. It actually made Okonkwo more angry because he couldn’t do anything to stop it but put his hands on Nwoye. In chapter 7 of Things Fall Apart A sacrificed boy by the name of Ikemefuna was killed by Okonkwo. Nwoye had grown close to the boy and when his father returned home Nwoye already knew what had happened. The Novel states “Nwoye had felt for the first time a snapping…

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