Igbo Civilization In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe takes readers through the lives of how the Igbo civilization grew and developed and then how it fell. Within the book the main focus was on the Igbo’s civilization rituals and traditions that had been changed due to the travel of new foreigners. These foreigners clashed with the Igbo tribes causing many differences within the traditions set by their ancestors, ultimately causing everything to fall apart. A scene in the book shows Okonkwo, one of the main characters within the Igbo tribe, had died. One of the quotes from the book, explaining the essence of how the traditions meant to them was Obierika, talking about his friends’ death saying (“It is against our custom, it is an abomination for a man to take his own life.”)(Achebe 178) As the Europeans invaded they claimed one of their own, and buried him. The two friends had obeyed the rituals and customs set by their early ancestors within the Igbo civilization.

The relationship between the rich and the poor in the traditional Igbo society as represented by Okonkwo and his father, Unoka were represented by considering a man 's wealth is partially measured by the number of wives he has. A wealthy man described in Things Fall Apart, has nine wives and thirty children. Okonkwo
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He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.") (Achebe 176). This quote deeply explained “white men” coming to their native and spreading their religion. The “white men” also known as the Europeans were asking to build a church in the land that the Igbo resigned. They were not so sure with this decision at first and came over very hesistant and then they agreed to let the white men build the church in The Evil Forrest of the Umofia

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