Things Fall Apart Essay
There are certain things in life that are going to collide or crash. One of these things will be culture and tradition. Cultural collision can be an problem within a family, for instance, one person may be from another country and the other from another. Each person has different cultures or traditions that they will someday collide with another person’s cultures, traditions, or beliefs. Someone may even have to sacrifice their customs for another person. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo is faced with a cultural collision. He responds by resisting it. Okonkwo realizes that change is inevitable and experiences the inequality of cultural collision.
Change is something that connects with cultural collision. In the book, Okonkwo’s motherland, Mbanta and fatherland, Umuofia, goes through many changes once the Europeans arrive. On their arrival, they tried to convert the Ibo people to Christianity. The arrival of the missionaries also caused a cultural collision in the village of Mbanta because they began to change the traditions of the tribe. This traditional change had affected many characters in the story. Okonkwo resisted the new religious and political differences because he feels that they were not manly. He also felt that he will not be manly if he chooses to tolerate them. I feel like Okonkwo’s refusal to the cultural change was also due to his fear of losing his social status. The Ibo people are caught between resisting and accepting the changes. Many villagers were surprised by the new opportunities they could have such as education and trade that came along with the colonization. The new changes had a positive effect on Nwoye because He found the new religion fulfilling and embraces it compared to his father, who can’t tolerate the cultural collision. Okonkwo constantly tried to fight the changes within the Ibo culture even when the clan did not help him get rid of the Western traditions....