Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Essay

1110 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
When a country is suddenly under foreign rule, adapting is often very difficult. Throughout history, nations have been fighting for power. Many times, those countries are pulled in many different directions, with their traditional beliefs trying to be changed. Colonialism affects people in which their lives are radically changed, for better or for worse. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the reader is given insight on the Ibo struggle with colonialism, following the story of an Umuofian man named Okonkwo as he struggles with adapting to the changing times. The invasion of white men in Ibo society results in the loss of unity, broken family bonds, and the desolation of traditional African society.
The unity within Umuofia is lost, and the clan slowly begins to fall apart. Okonkwo has been absent from society for seven years, and does not understand the new changes and customs. While talking to Okonkwo, Obierika explains that the white men have disrupted society. “Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (Achebe 176). The author specifically uses the words “won our brothers” because Achebe is trying to show the white Christian have successfully converted, or “won,” some of the Ibo people. The tribes “brothers,” or the other Ibo, have turned their back on traditional Ibo society, and have abandoned the Ibo people for the white man. When the author writes the words…

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