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In many books faith is a key element one that the plot is based on In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe this is also true Although not quite as clear as some of CS Lewis books on Christianity these books clearly represent the worlds reliance on faith However in Things Fall Apart and Heart of Darkness this faith is obscured by blind belief In both books contrasting cultures of white and black peoples are displayed and all cultures exhibit this blind belief in various forms In the books a sense of wilderness and danger is portrayed by the Savage or native peoples In Things Fall Apart the native people are the Ibo a small tribe living in Nigeria Most of the book takes place within the Ibo village showing their day to day lives which prove to be very enlightening Nearly all the members of the village show some form of blind belief by simply following their customs Many of their customs include murder whether it is the slaughter of a goat for an offering to their gods or the killing of a man because he has sinned against their god The gods are never visually shown at any point in the book and yet the Ibo continue to follow blindly even if they do not agree with their ways Okonkwo the main protagonist of the book at one point is faced with a critical decision Yes Umuofia has decided to kill him The Oracle of the Hills and Caves has pronounced it They will take him outside Umuofia as is custom and kill him thereThings Fall Apart Chapter 7 In this scene Okonkwo is told by a friend that the gods have decided that his adopted son Ikemefuna must be killed because it is not good for the village Although Okonkwo refers to Ikemefuna as his son he lets
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