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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a story of a Nigerian Ibo tribe forced to endure the ignorance of European Christians that have colonized in Africa with the intentions of setting up missionaries While their intentions were genuine their presence was devastating to the Ibo culture Although the Europeans and Ibo people were forced to interact with each other their opinions were entirely superficial due to the fact that there was never an effort made to understand the Ibo people The story of this man who killed a messenger and hanged himself would make interesting reading One could almost write a whole chapter on him Perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph at any ratepg 209 Achebe succeeded in writing an entire novel based on the powerful and complex Okonkwo but the District Commissioner was only able to write a paragraph This is symbolic of the Europeans view of the Ibo people They were ignorant of the Ibo culture and they never made an effort to learn about it If the Europeans would have learned about the Ibo people they may have understood that everything that was done was for the well- being of the tribe For example when the Ibo tribe threw away twins and mutilated baby bodies it was for religious purposes The Europeans took this as being brutal and savage instead of what it really was An attempt to rid the tribe of anything that could possible harm them in the future We cannot leave the matter in his hands because he does not understand our customs just as we do not understand his We say he is foolish because he does not know our ways and perhaps he says we are foolish because we do not know his pg 191 The Europeans were also clueless to the damage they had caused the Ibo people This is proven by the title of the District Commissioners novel The Pacification of
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