Theme Of Colonization In Things Fall Apart

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“All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals”-Joshua Lederberg. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Rabbit-Proof Fence by Phillip Noyce, and Dakota 38 by Silas Haggerty are all about the colonization of Native Americans and the stories of families and tribes that are affected. Whereas Okowonko and Billy Ray are both greatly involved with their cultures, they are blinded and lose control of their hatred for white people. Molly continues to retain her feelings; because of this Molly can put her emotions towards overcoming the fight against the colonizers, whereas Okowonko and Billy can only focus on how much the white people have hurt them. The stories of these characters show that one must contain the
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Okowonko a very religious and spiritual man, is not entirely sure what to do when the white people take over their land. One thing he knows is that he will not be ruled by a white man. When Okowonko takes his own life one of his close friends backs him up to the missionary, “‘That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog’”(Achebe 208). A man of such spiritual beliefs took his own life when everything became too much and his determination started to lack. He could not control himself and got lost in the thoughts that the white people brought him. On the other hand Billy Ray never actually had a physical interaction with the 38+2 but the ride allowed him to feel something as though he was suppose to be on that ride for a reason. Everything inside of him was as real as it can be and the impact it had on him was also the same as Okowonko. When talking about how he felt eating and sleeping under a white families roof, “It made me feel uncomfortable because, like in the back of my head, I always think, they’re probably uncomfortable with all of us in here. Don 't trust us too much or something. I dont know, thats just how I grew up”(???). Ever since his knowledge about the 38 he feels a stronger connection between him and his tribe. Billy 's consistent thoughts on white people are that they think that they are generally better than the native americans and have more authority. As though he can not win against them. This eventually takes over his life and has the effect of suicide for Billy. Okowonko and Billy are so determined to do whatever it takes to receive justice for their men that it ultimately becomes too much and turns into a fear of failure that drives themselves to killing

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