How Did Imperialism Change The Igbo Culture

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Throughout the beginning of the book, we were shown the development of the igbo culture. In their everyday lives, their traditions and customs were very essential. It influenced they way they lived. Once the white missionaries arrived, their religion was challenged and their traditions were almost forgotten. The age of imperialism was a time where another, stronger, nation extended their rule or authority on to another foreign country. In this case the british imperialist over the african villages. Some africans embraced this change and welcomed it, while there was a resistance from others and saw it as the destruction of their culture. In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe illustrates how imperialism changed the igbo culture.…show more content…
Their arrival is the source of the changes, the people of Umuofia reacted to this change differently. Their religion and traditions were brought to question as shown in this quote, “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs bad” (Achebe, 25-26). Nwoye, Okonkwo’s first son, had a positive attitude towards the changes happening. he even took up christianity and changed his name, therefore letting go of his original culture. he also became less concern with pleasing his father rather than pleasing himself as shown in the quote, “ “I don’t know. He is not my father,” said Nwoye, unhappily” (Achebe, 144). Nwoye converted to christianity in order to go his own path and not live under the shadow of his father. However, Okonkwo had a negative reaction towards the changes happening. he goes from being this strong, fearless warrior to a helpless man who fears his village will not support his decisions. when Okonkwo gets back from his exilement, he hears about how much power these white missionaries have gain over his village. he wants to start a war against them and encourages his clansmen to help him as said in this quote, “How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. 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 a put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (achebe, 176). since he feels helpless and with no one having his back, he gives in to a moment of weakness and hangs himself. This confirms that some of the africans embraced this change and welcomed it, while there was a resistance from others and saw

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