Conflict in Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

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Throughout the world there are many conflicts. It has been that way all throughout history. Since the dawn of man, there have been many conflicts. These conflicts led to wars and changed the lives of many forever. Almost all of the conflicts are due to discrimination by different groups of people. Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, provide examples of discrimination between groups of people. The story focuses on the life and suicide of Okonkwo, a well-respected clansman of Umuofia clan. He struggles between the traditional strong masculine culture in a Nigerian Village and the new customs brought by white missionaries. The book shows the disastrous effects of prejudice and intolerance leading readers to reflect on the similarities of present and history. Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart, strongly represents the vast amount of bigotry between those of different genders, religious groups, and social statuses throughout history. First, the book introduces the many inequalities between men and women. In the novel, Achebe tells of Okonkwo beating his wives and it still being socially acceptable. A woman is never allowed to fight back or stand up for herself because she is the equivalent of a servant to a master. Achebe also mentions, "No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children (and especially his women) he was not really a man” (Achebe 53). This excerpt from the novel exemplifies the controlling and dominance the men have over women in this Nigerian culture. Unfortunately, this inequality, although not completely tolerated, still exists today. It is proven that every woman has or will experience discrimination from men in their life (Crawford). While the abuse of women is not generally accepte... ... middle of paper ... ...lly create conflicts. Such behavior does not benefit society. It only holds back others to allow a different group to achieve. Achebe provides an excellent comparison of how people of different genders, religious groups, and social statuses are treated unkindly. In order to achieve a more tolerable world, one must try to put an end to all of the prejudice, and injustice. Every war is caused by groups’ lack of respect for others or feelings of supremacy. All around the world, there are conflicts between different groups and Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart, is a good representation of these conflicts. For a group or country to be successful it first must respect all fellow citizens no matter their race, gender, social status, etc. If there is constant fighting and inequality between different groups, then problems will result and a country’s success will be hindered.
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