Mr. Brown was a sincere missionary who brought respect and understanding between the clan and the church. Mr. Brown created a hospital and a school, where he urged the Ibo people to go and be educated, for their own benefit. Then there is Mr. Smith who was abusive and prejudice, even towards the converts. Regardless, both of their presence brought an inevitable cultural change in the traditions of the clan. Whether change is good or not is an entirely different debate.
Imperialism goes way farther than the average person could ever imagine, because it can overtake a persons life and no matter how much they want to do something on their own imperialism is always there in the back of their mind. The officer struggles to live by his personal morals while trying to uphold the laws of imperialism. The tone of this story is very important because it initially grabs the audience and... ... middle of paper ... ... him wearing a mask again when he wants to avoid looking like a fool. He decides that shooting the elephant will help prevent any humiliation, because he can not let anyone laugh at him since "every white man's life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at." The officer shot the elephant in his own words, "solely to avoid looking like a fool."
“Some declared, that, if Mr. Dimmesdale were really going to die, it was cause enough, that the world was not worthy to be any longer trodden by his feet.” (106). The town’s people respected him so much so that they figured it was the world that is corrupt and not Dimmesdale. Being the pastor of the town Dimmesdale was a revered man. He held the responsibility to lead the town’s people spiritually. Although he tried to live a double life of being a pastor and a man who is trying to keep his greatest sin a secret.
The police officer took a rifle just to see what the state of the elephant was and to protect himself if the elephant was still in “must”. He then felt as if he had to shoot the elephant because he built up expectations and didn’t want to let the Burmese down, as he just wanted to be accepted by them and was afraid of what they would think. The police officer being laughed at proves that the citizens think they are of a higher power than him and that the police officer has less worth. The language Orwell uses highlights that the police officer felt that he was a strong figure walking all that way with the gun, when he uses the expression “two thousand people marching at my heels”. This makes him feel that he has a lot of power and authority, which is something that he does not often experience.
Seemingly, his image was more important than the elephant’s life. Although the elephant killed the Indian man, the elephant may have felt threaten. Even more, he was taken out of an environment he was accustom to and probably thought his life was in danger. Orwell strategies to gain acceptance from the native people wasn’t well thought out. The elephant was an innocent animal not a criminal.
George wears a mask to hide his own facial expressions and uses a different facial expression to show bravery. He shows bravery so the crowd that followed him will not laugh at him if he were to cry after shooting the elephant. So he gathers all of his esteem and takes it out on the innocent elephant. It is sad that George has to act like a total different person at work than at
He became well respected and developed a close bond with his culture. So when the missionaries arrived and people from the Ibo society started converting, it was not easy for Okonkwo to grow used to the idea that his culture was gradually disappearing. Okonkwo and his warrior friends were the members that benefitted most from the culture’s traditional cultural practices. On the other hand, people such as Nwoye could not quite understand the point of some of the practices. Although Okonkwo benefitted from the cultural practices by being able to prove his masculinity, he also ended up losing Ikemefuma and destroying his relationship with Nwoye because of the practices.
Achebe uses this poems basic idea by creating the story of Okonkwo who lives in a chaotic and barbaric world. To outsiders who are observing Okonkwo's people, they may certainly seem uncivilized in many ways. Achebe symbolizes the end of this anarchy in Okonkwo's society by the introduction of Christian missionaries who pacify the Ibo people and ultimately cause the death of Okonkwo. I believe Okonkwo is the last and final source of chaos that is finally muted to bring civility to the people. The Ibo people live a very peaceful but ignorant life.
She is smart and pretty. Okonkwo wishes that she were a boy so that he could pass on his knowledge and fortune to her. Mr. Brown- Mr. Brown is the first missionary to arrive in Umuofia. He is nice enough to the clan, so they decide to let him stay, but soon enough he brings others, both from the clan and from outside, into the c... ... middle of paper ... ...alk to you.” This is an important excerpt from the book because it shows how the natives tried to negotiate with the white men peacefully. All they wanted was for the clan to return to the way it was before the white men came, and they even agreed to let the white men stay and practice their religion as long as they didn’t bother anyone.
The main reason for this is the coming of the missionaries, who bring with them new ways of life, and mostly better ways of life. Achebe tries to show us that the missionaries showed people who were hurt by the beliefs of the tribe that this did not have to go on in their religion, and that's the main reason why people switched to their religion. Achebe shows us that the tribe had many wrong beliefs bef... ... middle of paper ... ...tribe. Achebe doesn't care much about the people who left the tribe, but he understands that the missionaries were successful in getting more people to join them. He also feels that they did a pretty good job with doing so and gathered many people who gave them more power.