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In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart there are many important issues to discuss One important question to ask is Were the European colonistsmissionaries wrong in the fact that they invaded a society that did not want to be changed The Europeans condemned the Ibo people as barbarians and savages which were justifiable by the European religious and social definitions of the words The similar mentalities are present in the three quotes by F Hegel R Burton and S Baker Ultimately the Europeans began a moral crusade to save the barbarians from what they saw as their own ultimate demise In Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe presents to us the destruction of a traditional native culture the weakening of Ibo spirituality as well as the death of the tribes livelihood He reveals that the ever apparent cause can be found in a seemingly good intended mission acting as a gateway for the intrusion of a foreign government Throughout the failures and defeats of this society in response to European colonialism Achebe shows us the true vision of these African civilizations and the African Mind Spirit and Presence is celebrated 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 He would appear rather a degeneracy from the civilized man than a savage rising to the first step were it not for his total incapacity for improvement R Burton In the eyes of the Europeans their idea of improvement was a society that was a match to theirs one that they could actually live in This crusade was as unjustified at the turn of the century as it would be today It may
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