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World Civilization II Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebes first novel tells the story of an Ibo village of the late 1800s It also tells about one of its great men Okonkwo who has achieved much in his life He is a champion wrestler a husband to three wives a title-holder among his people and a member of the select egwugwu In this novel Achebe has been able to illuminate two emotionally incompatible facets of modern African life the humiliations visited on Africans by colonialism and the lasting effects of this imposed alien culture or what was left of colonial rule The ideological system of colonization has been a violent destructive force on the world as we know it Slavery murder violence rape and torture of non-European peoples was the cruel reality of colonization European nations with the motives of sheer greed brought Africans into slavery This hostile take over was rationalized through the racist ideology that native peoples were inferior savages In Things Fall Apart we witnessed the destruction of a traditional native culture More specifically we witnessed the weakening of Igbo spirituality as well as the death of the tribes livelihood The apparent cause can be found in a seemingly good intended mission acting as a gateway for the intrusion of a foreign government Also it was its quest to conquer a self-sustaining prosperous culture Although the Igbo downfall was caused primarily by the invasion of Christian missionaries their own religion played a significant role in allowing the initial infiltration of an alien religion This was the final destruction of a once prosperous culture Igbo spirituality weakened in two waves First Christianity provided the answers that the inhabitants of Umuofia and Mbanta were seeking Example Obierika was a man who thought about things When the will of the goddess had been done he sat in his obi and mourned his friends calamity Why should a man suffer so grievously for
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