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In Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart two characters faced a tragic ending Kurtz in Heart of Darkness and Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart Both started with respect and a sense of nobility but yet both had a tragic ending The tales comes from two views but remotely the same conclusion In both novels white people came into their land and disrupted their society The white people in both books looked at the blacks as inferior and full of sin In both stories it appears that the natives were living without real problems and the white people came in and caused complete confusion and mayhem The purpose of this essay is to tell about the stories and what was different tell about Kurtz tell about Okonkwo and give a comparison of their tragic ending When the white people came into each town in Africa they assumed they had the right to be there The natives did not speak the white peoples language nor did they understand their politics or customs Thus the natives were unable to understand he white peoples purpose until it was too late In Heart of Darkness the effect of the white people was clearly more wretched than in Things Fall Apart In Things Fall Apart the disruption of the white people may not have been as exaggerated but it definitely was present Unlike Heart of Darkness the white people came to Africa to spread the Christian religion Yet the natives were unclear as to why the white people had come to their villages Not only did the white missionaries bring religion but they also brought new type of laws equipped with a courthouse The natives were not used to this new way of living In this new law system many of the rituals and traditions the natives had lived by for centuries were forbidden For example the natives had a tradition that twins had to be killed The white people
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