Things Fall Apart

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One more culture lost
Colonization once again erases another culture. Colonization is taking control over the indigenous people of an area. This can be seen in the novel, Things Fall Apart, the village Umofia is colonized by the Europeans and their institutions are lost and new are brought upon. In Things Fall Apart, the Europeans dismantled the Ibo structure by replacing their judicial system, religion, and education.
Firstly, the Europeans dismantled the Ibo's when they brought their judicial system. A trial occurred in Umofia where the husband claimed his wife was taken away from him by his in-laws, therefore, he wanted his wife to return to him or the money he payed for her was returned. The novel, asserts, “Go to your in-laws with a pot …show more content…

Okonkwo was preparing his seed yams and asked Nwoye, his eldest son, to help him. “Inwardly Okonkwo knew that the boys were still too young to understand fully the difficult art of preparing seed-yams. But he thought that one could not begin too early. Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams from one harvest to another was a very great man indeed” (Achebe 33). In Umofia, people made their money and fed their family through farming which is the same way they have for many years. In order to know how to farm, parents taught education in Ibo society. Children learned how to cook, farm, and how they act from their parents. People with titles began to enroll their children into the schools Europeans brought to Umofia before it was just the outcasts and lazy people who enrolled their children. “One of the great men in that village was called Akunna and he had given one of his sons to be taught the white man's knowledge in Mr. Brown's school” (Achebe 179). Now with the new schools Europeans brought children are taught to speak, read, and write in the European languages. The Ibo society begins to disappear because the schools are teaching children the European language and customs. The children are no longer learning about their culture from their parents and the future generations will never know about the Ibo

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