Things Fall apart and Umuofia Clan Essay

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Period In the story Things Fall Apart, many things escalate to just falling apart. Okonkwo’s a wealthy, great, and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan. As you can infer, he’s the main character. Many things escalate in downward negative way for Okonkwo throughout the whole story. Furthermore, Europeans comes along and destroys their communities. The Europeans destroyed more than their communities, they destroyed their customs. Finally, when the white Europeans come along and they change the Nigerians customs and make them try to live like a European. Okonkwo was a well-respected and great warrior of the Umuofia clan. The clan belong to the Nigerian tribe witch was connected to nine other villages. Growing up, Okonkwo was ashamed of the reputation his father left behind for him. Okonkwo’s father was more of a leader for the Nigerian tribe. Unoka, the father of Okonkwo lead some of the villages into poverty. He left half the villages into debt with each other. He, himself was cowardly and spendthrift. Okonkwo obviously did not want to follow his father footsteps; but he has many assumptions throughout the story that his son will end up a failure like his father.
The "things" that fall apart in the book are really the Ibo way of life, and Okonkwo's life as he knows it. He, himself built a self-made man who would be taken responsible to lead the tribe. Okonkwo’s commits an error that causes another clansman to get wounded; this leads into suspension of his motherland for 7 years. By this point Okonkwo’s life is falling apart in matter of seconds. The way of Ibo cultures and values also fall apart due to Christianity missionaries coming to their village. More importantly, while the missionaries were there they convinced many people who caused them into questioning their belief and faith. Due to questioning to their belief the Ibo tribe fell apart. The significant steps that cause Okonkwo life to fall apart are very straightforward. Okonkwo’s beats his wife during the week of peace, which nobody is allowed to display any act of violence. Moving on, Ikemefuna, the boy he takes care of, is sentence to death. Okonkwo is punished by killing his ideal son, Ikemefuna. Okonkwo kills a clansman at the funeral due to a gun malfunction. Christian missionaries come to his tribe and persuade his people to questioned their beliefs and culture. The Christian missionaries impact the son of Okonkwo, Nwoye, causing him to…