H English 10
20 April 2015
Change in Society
People around the world encounter unfamiliar cultures almost every day. My mother experienced a great example of this almost 20 years ago, when she immigrated to the United States. Having lived in the Middle East all her life, the USA introduced new customs to every aspect of her life, including the food she ate, her occupation, and even the way she dressed. A married woman in Jordan exclusively wore fancy dresses and classy attire when in public. My mother then saw how nearly every woman here wore more casual clothing, such as jeans and sweatpants, apparel my mother had never seen a married woman wear freely. My mother ...view middle of the document...
As a result, the Comte and other loyal church members avoid interacting with the chocolate consumers, ashamed of their actions. The Comte and the church members shun the members of the town as a result of them betraying the church, just like how Okonkwo rejects his son for converting to Christianity. Furthermore, the two towns previously mentioned feel a related urge to neglect any change to their existing culture, refusing to accept new ideas that could possibly improve their lives. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo and several other men set fire to the Christian church while masked as egwugwu, or spirits of their dead ancestors. However, the missionaries have already established a position in Umuofia, and they imprison Okonkwo and his men for quite some time. Also, in Chocolat, the Comte and Serge watch Vienne welcomes the intruders harboring on the river, an action against all of the Comte’s orders. Serge then decides light a flame to one of the harboring ships, justifying it as an act for God. Disgusted, the Comte then orders Serge to leave the town as soon as possible. Okonkwo and Serge both choose acts of destruction towards their oppressors, actions that imprison Okonkwo and leave Serge without a home. The introduction of new cultures influences the two stories in similar ways, but it also affected them differently.
The way people in the movie and the novel react and handle unfamiliar situations caused by new beliefs differs extremely. Specifically, the unique way both towns react to the introduction of the new customs. For example, when the people of Umuofia hear about the Christians, the village elders feel strongly against letting the intruders have land in their town. They decide to give them part of the evil forest, thinking they will not survive. When the Christians grow in population and start converting villagers, the elders then realize the problem on their hands. However, the Comte de Reynaud treats Vienne like a friend at first, and welcomes her into the town. His judgment initiates once he finds out Vienne does not go to church, but by then people have already began to eat from the chocolate shop. The Comte originally welcomes Vienne in a way completely...