Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Essay

1049 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
In The Hearts and Souls of People When you take away all a person has ever known, what does that leave them with? Gandhi once said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” It has been argued that a people stripped of its culture, is a people stripped of their souls. If someone were to take away your family, friends, values, and your beliefs, then you are left with nothing. It almost feels as if you were left in the middle of a street with no lights, no signs, and no one else. That feeling would be bare and make you feel hopeless and helpless. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main character, Okonkwo, loses not just his culture, but his soul. However, they’re many real world examples of this. The trading post of North American Culture has been treating Indians very badly, and they feel as they are trying to take away their culture. Also, a Canadian girl was taken from her home and family at the age of four. Her parents ended up committing suicide because their culture was taken away from them. Colonialism has good sides and bad sides. When something occurs and a culture is stripped away, things could very easily end up drastically.
Chinua Achebe wrote a brilliant novel, Things Fall Apart, based on a man named Okonkwo. As the story goes along we begin to get to know him personally and realize how sentimental his African culture was to him. Towards the very end we see white missionaries come to Umuofia (where he lives)…

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