Tradition In Things Fall Apart

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“‘Thank you. He could brings kola, brings life, but I think you ought to break it,’ replied Okoye, and they argued like this for a few minutes before Unoka accepted the honor of breaking the kola.” (page 6). In the historical-fiction novel Things fall Apart a man named Okonkwo struggles with what he is always known while adapting to the new wave. Missionaries coming from Europe change everything in the villages of the Ibo people. Everything from their government, trade, and religion, changing all originalities of tradition.

To begin with Okonkwo's Village of Umuofia was a little mostly peaceful village. traditions varied from as white as festivals, “ The feast of the new yam was approaching… it was an occasion for giving thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and the source of all fertility.” (page 6) to a small as everyday things such as visiting a neighbor “...he who brings life…’ and they argued like
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“the missionaries had come to Umuofia. they had built their church they're wanting handful of converts and were already sending evangelists to the surrounding towns and villages.” (page 143) they not only begin to change religion, “... he saw Nwoye among the Christians.” (p 151) but they also began to change their perspectives and beliefs. “‘ unless you shave off the mark believe I will not admit you into the church… you fear that you will die. why should that be how are you different from other men who shave their hair? The same God created you and them … only the word of God is true.’ the two outcast shaved off their hair, and soon they were the strongest adherents of the new faith” (p. 157) although the missionaries have begun to change people's ways, okonkwo didn't forget his roots. “‘I am calling a feast because I have the wherewithal. I cannot live on the bank of the river and wash my hands with spittle my mother's people have been good to me and I must show my gratitude.” (p.

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