Things Fall Apart : Clash Between Nigeria 's White Colonial Government And The Culture Of The Igbo People

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Things Fall Apart shows the clash between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the culture of the Igbo people. The novel tells the story of Okonkwo, a powerful village leader and the destruction of the village of Umuofia. Okonkwo’s father left the village in a tremendous amount of debt and this sets the stage for how Okonkwo feels about his own son Nwoye; he fears that he will become a failure like his grandfather because he seems to be lazy. However, the village wins a virgin and a fifteen- year- old- boy and Okonkwo takes in the boy, Ikemefuna, and treats him like his own son. I can’t imagine how his actual biological son felt. Another boy came in and took over his father’s favor because he seemed as though he would be a hard worker. Being a hard worker is great obviously, but that’s something that I felt Okonkwo didn’t give his son enough time to develop. He should also take some of the responsibility of his son’s laziness because where else would his son have gotten that sort of example?
Ikemefuna stayed with the family for 3 years and the book talks of him having a “masculine attitude.” Whatever that meant, it seemed to rub off on Nwoye, which was pleasing to Okonkwo; both his work ethic and attitude seemed to improve. But then, when things seemed to be looking up, Ogbuefi Ezeudu, one of the village leaders, told Okonkwo that Ikemefuna must be killed. He wasn’t forced to participate in the killing, but when the boy was attacked, he called for Okonkwo, but Okonkwo…

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