Western Culture 103
Accepting Differences Saves Lives
Change can be hard to accept for many people. One’s who have been raised to think, act, and participate in life in a certain way tend to find it harder to accept change. However, as the old saying goes, things fall apart so that new things can take its form. In the book Things Fall apart by Chinua Achene, there was conflict between the traditional villagers and the European colonial establishment because the whites were blind to the insight of the African culture and the villagers where stirred the wrong way by a single man. Conflict rose due to stubbornness. Once both worlds are mixed ...view middle of the document...
Although they were forced into beliefs, the people of Umuofia came to the conclusion that the white men held more knowledge; therefore they were stronger than them, because of this the villagers would eventually surrendering to the white man’s culture.
When Okonkwo returned he had realized that the clan was not how it used to be. Change did not sit well with him. Unlike some of the other clan members, he would not surrender to the new order. Obierika explains how it is already too late, but Okonkwo expresses to him how “[they] must fight and drive them from the land” (176). Although the white men meant well, Okonkwo had a point. The white man’s court had just come and took over. The African culture had a set of principles that made since to them but not to all of the colonist . The white missionaries and officials assumed that they are bringing order and law, as to say that the African culture is not smoothly functioned. Men, deeply filled with cultural pride such as Okonkwo, were so stubborn and would not live any other way. If changing his culture back involved killing people then he would do so. Prior to the change and Okonkwo’s exile, that behavior was common in the African culture. His disagreement to this change was not foreign, during the western civilization, decolonization was becoming popular. Many people and colonies had a hard time adjusting to new lifestyles.
Not only does Okonkwo not have tolerance for miss understanding, Reverend James Smith, the successor of the white Commissioner, Mr. Brown, did not tolerate it either. Like Okonkwo, now the settlers and missionaries cannot imagine a change after getting all of these people under their law.
The result of a killing ends in a church being burned down due to a traditional act. Okonkwo is almost satisfied until he calls for a meeting and realizes that his people are not in agreement with him:
The waiting backcloth jumped into tumultuous life and the meeting was stopped. Okonkwo stood looking at...