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Things Fall Apart Presentation Things Fall Apart, by Chiuna Achebe, is a novel that delves into ancient African culture, and the customs and religious beliefs of the African people. The story, which takes place in the Nigerian village of Umoufia, is a place full of deep rooted religious and superstitious belief. Conflict very quickly arises amongst the people of Umoufia, as their deep rooted religious and superstitious beliefs are ravaged and deeply questioned by the coming of the "White Men," who have brought with them their own religion, the religion of the west, "Christianity." Neither the White men, nor their religion was warmly welcomed by the people of the various villages, of which are represented by the councilmen of Umoufia. In one particular segment towards the end of the novel, the "White Men" are referred to as "locusts," which have come to poison the minds of the villagers (98). In Achebe's depiction of life in Nigeria, as compared to Europe, he appears to criticize both the Christians, and the customs and traditions of the Nigerian people. ...read more.


It is also in this that the author plays both sides of the argument. On one hand he advocates true and utter captivation in regards to the rhetoric of the missionaries, yet on the other hand attempts to justify the Nigerian resistance by using the idea of "force" against them. Although Nwoye is utterly captivated, the true test leaves all that the Nigerian people have ever known and relied upon to be truth in the good times and the bad, overridden by this new found power. The missionaries kindly approach the high-titled elders of Mbanta in search of land to build their church. The elders decide on giving them a portion of what is called the "Evil Forest;" a place where spirits, evil, and disease are said to thrive, as go the ideas of Nigerian superstition. Uchendo, the elder who makes this decision, attempts at going for the core of this foreign Christian faith, in an attempt to cripple its credibility. In this, Uchendo, among the other rulers of Mbanta, states that the missionaries "boast about victory over death... ...read more.


and hit him two or three savage blows" (107). In this, the author displays the extent to which Nwoye is willing to go in desire for this religion and this faith. This of course furthers the understanding of this incredibly persuasive aspect of the "white men," which in many regards leaves the villagers completely perplexed of their own teachings. Simply put, Achebe is trying to shed light upon the fact that cultural norms differ drastically in certain places. He substantiates his points in several areas. One such area is the point at which it becomes known that certain rules and laws are set aside by the Christians in order to bring order, rule, and just doing to Umoufia. These changes are very much foreign to the African way of life as the author describes it. To a large extent it is this notion of change and adaptation of a just civilization which Achebe forces upon his readers, while at the same time giving the reaction on the African front. In the same regard, it is the rhetoric of the missionaries in their faith, and the trust in their God that Achebe uses as a driving force behind the impact which is seen among the African people of Umoufia. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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