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Change in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and in Cevat Fehmi Başkuts play Buzlar zlmeden

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Zeynep BOYACIOGLU 11F 10241 Dirayet ULUG English A2 23.11.2010 Word count: 1,504 Change Everything in our life changes constantly. John F. Kennedy said "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." This can be seen in the novel "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe and in Cevat Fehmi Baskut's play "Buzlar �z�lmeden". Needing to adjust oneself to the change, one must never forget that there will be a tomorrow and notice he might pass over the future if he holds on the customary ideas. In the novel "Things Fall Apart" the protagonist, Okonkwo, is a man of war and he resists to the change in his clan. Moreover, in the play "Buzlar �z�lmeden" the gentry, who have been exploiting the community, don't want the system to change. In Achebe's novel, the life of the clan changes completely after the arrival of the white men. Some members of the clan accept their presence and even join the church; some members don't care about the Christians being there, whereas, rest of the clan, especially Okonkwo, don't want them in Umofia. ...read more.

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There were still many who saw these new institutions as evil, but even they talked and thought about little else, and certainly not about Okonkwo's return... (Achebe, 161, Heinemann Educational Publishers)". Okonkwo sees this as a sign of his clan losing its values, culture; a sign of a falling apart clan. " ... Okonkwo was deeply grieved. And it was not just a personal grief. He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking up and falling apart, and the mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had unaccountably become soft like women... (Achebe, 161, Heinemann Educational Publishers)". Okonkwo wants everything to be the same as it was before his exile; he wants the tribe-men to continue worshipping the multiple gods; he wants the cultures and the traditions to endure; he wants his clan to survive as it is. He cannot tolerate the changes that his tribe has been going through so he takes his own life. According to their traditions, committing suicide is one of the biggest sins so Okonkwo's friends cannot touch his body and asks the District Commissioner to bury him and he orders his men to do so (Achebe, 182-183, Heinemann Educational Publishers). ...read more.

Conclusion

They don't want this easy and comfortable life to come to an end. Nonetheless, the governor figures out that they are deceitful and he punishes them and makes them give up some of their land and makes them eat their own diseased food. Wholly, in both of the books, there is a resistance to change. In the novel "Things Fall Apart" Okonkwo opposes the change. One can say he cannot overcome the pressure that the change his clan has undergone and kills himself. On the other hand, in the play "Buzlar �z�lmeden" the gentry tries to stop the change that their village has encountered due to the arrival of the "mad" governor. Similarly, they cannot achieve their goal of stopping the change. Hence, the whole village understands that they have been conceiving them. All in all, life cannot go on without change. Keeping the quotation from J. F. Kennedy in mind, we can say that nothing stays the same forever. Everything, more or less, changes from time to time. The path that this change fallowed and the effect of it may differ. One must always keep up with the requirements of the time and change oneself correspondingly. One shouldn't stick to the habits of the past but revise the established rules according to the needs of the present. ...read more.

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