Ian Smith, a British politician, once said, “I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.” Although many people believed in the benefits of colonialism in the past, people now have changing opinions after learning the stories told by the Africans. Chinua Achebe wrote a novel, Things Fall Apart, in which Okonkwo, a Nigerian native, and his Igbo clan deals with white men trying to colonize, or pacify and control, the Igbo clan in the 1900’s. Due to the differences of religion and culture, the white men believes that the Igbos display barbarity and lack education, and the white men attempts to bring civility, or having sanity and education. Throughout the novel, Achebe clearly presents the unnecessity of colonialism in the Igbo villages due to the civilized nature of their cultural practices. The Igbo people proves themselves structured and do not need colonialism through storytelling, wedding traditions, and punishment. Moverover, the tribe’s storytelling provides a foundation for civility by setting morals.
The storytelling of the clan shows civility and proves colonialism superfluous. For example, Ekwefi tells her daughter of how the Tortoise cracks his shell. First, the wily Tortoise tricks the birds by convincing the birds to aid him in reaching the sky and eat in a grand feast. Then, the Tortoise consumes all of the food at the feast, so the birds retaliate by leaving the Tortoise stranded in the sky. Through this story, the Igbos demonstrates that if a man makes trouble for others, he also makes trouble for himself. These stories instill a ...
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... the Igbo culture offers safety and protection for all members of the tribe including criminals by having a fair and honest justice system. Hence, the Igbo culture show their established society and do not need colonialism. Clearly, due to their punishment against crimes, the Igbo culture do not need colonialism.
Due the civilized culture of the Igbo people, Achebe distinctly proves that the clan does not require colonialism. First, the culture set morals for children by storytelling which enforces positive behavior. In addition, the villages have wedding tradition show the culture’s structured and ethical traditions. Finally, just punishment against crime provides safety and protection against crimes. Indeed, through stories such as Things Fall Apart, modern humans no longer view colonialism through the eyes of the colonizers but through the eyes of the Africans.
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