Importance Of Traditions In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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In life, there will always be distinct cultures, customs, and traditions that one must either endure or rebel. In reality not everyone will have the same beliefs or come from the same place, which is why one must learn to respect other cultures. Everyone must learn to coexist although the cultures are not affiliated. The world is an enormous place with an abundance of cultures that in one way or another, have disparities. A person’s customs represents a person’s identity so when a person comes to tell someone that what they worship is not true that is when the dispute begins. However, a person does not always have to accede,but rather he can resist. It can lead to violence because the encounter between the distinct cultures creates that. …show more content…
A person’s belief are normally dependent upon where they come from. It is demonstrated in the novel that the ancestors bequeathed the living their unique and uncanny traditions. Mr. Brown states, “You are afraid of Chukwu. In my religion Chukwu is a loving Father and need not be feared by those…”, which amplifies the contrasting viewpoints of these religions (Achebe 168). There are plenty of religions and they are all different. All religions do not have to be the same because that would be uncanny. Likewise you can not coerce someone into believing in one specific religion. Mr. Brown and Akunna were having a peculiar conversation where they each talked about their faith. Each tried to convince one another into converting to each others religion.However it is demonstrated to us that distinct cultures believe in certain things. A clansman trying to express how he felt about the situation exclaims that it was “an abomination for a man to take his own life. It is an offence against the Earth, and a man who commits…”(Achebe 191). This was a very interesting custom that the Ibo had. When someone took away their own life the tribe from which they were from could not bury them. This amplifies that the tribe had a big attachment to what they believed in and followed what they were required to do. Even though Okonkwo was held in high esteem and had even fought in a war with …show more content…
When cultures are not able to understand each other and they try to convince or demonstrate that one culture or belief is more predominant than the other, then that is when the disagreements begin. They both have to understand that indeed their beliefs are distinct and cannot convince one another that one culture is better than the other. The reality of the whole situation is that you can not compare one culture to another one because they are different. It is claimed that , “It was only on the third day, when they could no longer bear the hunger and the insults, that they began…”, this evokes how the men were resisting how they were being treated and did not want to seem like they were weak (Achebe 180-181). Even though the six men were prone to hunger or alienation, they still had conviction to not give up no matter how hard the situation seemed. However, they did at the end believe it was right for them to give in. They had had sufficient treatment and could bear no more torment. Additionally, when one culture is trying to resist another culture’s ways, there could be confrontations that take place, which insinuate the violence that will occur. It is expressed dramatically what had happened to the messenger that, “Okonkwo’s machete descended twice and the man’s head lay beside his uniformed body.”(Achebe 189). There had been a messenger that was sent by the

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