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Things Fall Apart is a story about personal beliefs and customs and also a story about conflict There is struggle between family culture and religion of the Ibo people which is all brought on by a difference in personal beliefs and customs There are the strong opinions of the main character Okonkwo We are also introduced to the views of his village Umuofia Finally we see how things fall apart when these beliefs and customs are confronted by those of the white missionaries Chinua Achebe is a product of both native and European cultures This has a great effect on the telling of the story When he tells the story with an understanding and personal experiences in both cultures He does not portray the African culture and their beliefs as barbaric He simply tells it as it is and how things happened It is the same with the white men Chinua Achebe realized that neither of the cultures were bad but they simply had a difference in beliefs We see a conflict early in the story between Okonkwo and his father Unoka Okonkwo was ruled by one passion - to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness p13 Unoka was considered to be a failure Okonkwo did not receive anything from his father and he had to start out with nothing His goal in life was to obtain great wealth and to have many wives and children The Ibo people considered these things signs of success Yet his greatest goal was his desire to become one of the powerful elders of the clan It is Okonkwos inner anger and bitterness over his fathers failure that seemed to be the driving force behind everything he did in life This was evident in the fact that he always felt as though he had to do what was manly and he hated weakness Just as Okonkwo did
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