Who Is A Fish In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Why do you suppose two Betta fish always fight when placed into a bowl of water? It could be inferred to be a territorial instinct, or probably a way to fight for mates, but whichever way you look at it, they always seem to fight when placed together. Beta fish, much like people, can sometimes fight for similar reasons, but sometimes it can be for more personal reasons like religion or values.

In Chinua Achebe’s book, Things Fall Apart, he tells the story of an eighteenth century African society through the third person view point of high ranked man named Okonkwo, (o-Kon-kwo). During the events of the book, he and his family of three wives and their children embark on many adventures exploring the customs of Umofia, (ou-mwoff-yah). These
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From the very beginning, it seemed he was not fit to live in his father’s, “manly lifestyle”, (i.e. one of violence and rough anger). One can see this from the very beginning of the story when Achebe explains how Nwoye did not feel comfortable with his father’s stories and preferred, “the stories that his mother used to tell, and which she no doubt tell her younger children.” (pg. 53), ones that told of old folk tales for how the world worked, rather than ones of violence and bloodshed. That is why when the missionaries came, he saw something new in the things they worshiped. To him, their hymns felt, “in the marrow…. he felt a relief within him as the hymn poured into his parched sole”, (Achebe, 147). In Kwame’s book, Cosmopolitanism, he quotes a man named John Stuart Mill of Our Faith, who told of how individuals cannot be forced to stay with the lifestyle and morals of their parents, “Different people also require different spiritual conditions for their spiritual development; and can no more exist in the same moral, than all the variety of plants can exist in the same physical, atmosphere and climate”, (Appiah, 104). In a more Cosmopolitan atmosphere, Nwoye would have had more lea way to choose which faith he belonged to. His friends and family would have probably been more understanding, as well as supportive of whatever path he ends up …show more content…
As men of different values clash into each other, things will be sure to set them other off. Mr. Kaiga, (kee-AHG-ah), a stocky man who always seem to be burning with rage; has been seen provoking the village by getting into fights and encourages the people of the church to do the same. He even took the head off an egwugu, (EH-gwou-gwou); a man in a costume who represents one of the old founding spirits of the clan; that act would result in that spirit dead. To pay revenge for their, “lost brother”; and to punish Enoch the Snake priest, (who had committed a great crime by biting off the head of the royal python); the egwugus of Umofia charged toward the stairs of the church. When they reached the front doors, Ajofia; the leading egwugu; and Reverend Smith; the present reverend; met outside the front steps to bargain. Ajofia threatens the reverend to either stay in Umofia and worship their customs or go home, either way, they are going to burn down the church. When told this, Smith’s interpreter tells them to peacefully leave God’s home alone, Ajofia replied, “We cannot leave the matter in his hands because he does not understand our customs, just as we don’t understand his,”. (Achebe 191). Though this is part of an anger fueled threat, this phrase does have some truth to it. One of the main points Appiah makes at the beginning of his book is that we are

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