Nigeria, an African country of a befuddling history, is the chosen setting for Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. In the midst of the novel, readers find themselves audiences for a story of cultural collision. Many characters recoiled in sheer disgust and fright at the sudden outburst of British rule, while others embraced it wholeheartedly, yearning for release from their own ridiculous traditions. Achebe has outshone himself by establishing the proper sense of cultural rejection and one of appreciation, through the palpable description of numerous character personalities.

   In the far off village of Umoufia, lived a man of past grievances, a man of massive build and an insatiable hunger for revenge. This man was familiarly known as Okonkwo, the village’s most horrid and terrible chap, haunted by the ghost of his past. His father, Unoka, had paved a way of shame and poverty for his son, which Okonkwo never ceased to attempt to erase. Caught in his most unnatural fascination, Okonkwo refused to accept the presence of foreigners in his land. Simply forgetting all traditions and falling victim to the British enforced regime revolted Okonkwo, and he merely brushed the entire notion off as one would do to an irksome fly. Abandoning trying to regain his son, Nwoye, who had clasped at the new religion with such force, Okonkwo directed his attention to his many other children. After having beaten Nwoye severely and thrown him out of his own house in front of Nwoye’s brothers, he gathered his remaining children all about him and lectured them strictly. “you have all seen the great abomination of your brother. Now he is no longer my son or your brother. I will only have a son who is a man. If any of you prefers to be a woman, let him follow Nwoye now". It is more than obvious that Okonkwo desired nothing more than to grow his boys into that opposite of his awful father. He most certainly believed it to be the very peak of femininity if any of his children were to convert to the British faith.

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   Absolutely ripped with vehemence and overwhelmed with the longing of a free Umoufian people, Okonkwo trudged through the village detesting all freshly converted Nigerian Christians, because to him "To abandon the gods of one's father and go about with a lot of effeminate men was the very depth of abomination".  He revolted during clan meetings, muttering about having to "plan his own revenge and fight alone" since none of the others seem so forceful as to rage against the foreigners. Events unfolded hurriedly and at long last, the people of Umoufia appear to have finally joined ranks with that ...

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