Things Fall Apart By China Achuebe

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This world can appear to be a very large place when looking at the perspective of the earth on a globe. We notice the many continents and the vast country places, which exist within in it. The blueness of the seas that stretches from one end to the other is overwhelming within itself. It’s an elementary fact that life is prevalent on the dry places on the earth. However, another fact is true. Every society wants to establish its importance along with its reason for living and existing. The people of Umuofia were a people who had a strong belief in their power for oneness. Okonkwo’s people were a society of people who exercised strength and agility. The power of their strength came partly from their cultural beliefs. The clan of Umuofia had established a system that worked for them, and it worked quite well for centuries. They structured their own medicinal system, governmental system and religious system.
A person is called a leader because of the great accomplishments he has achieved in spite of their trials and tribulations. It is generally because of the circumstances an individual survive that causes another individual to call him a leader. “His life had been ruled by a great passion – to become one of the lords of the clan” (Achebe 131). Okonkwo considered himself a survivor and desired to become a leader to the people within his society. “Since I survived that year,” he always said, “ I shall survive anything” (Achebe 24). Okonkwo owned a fierce determination on the inside to be an overcomer and conquer the things others within his village may have believed were impossible for him to achieve. One of Okonkwo’s accomplishments was the wrestling battle between him and another wrestler, known as Amalinze, the Cat. “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat” (Achebe 1).
Wealth was highly respected in the village of Umuofia, and Nwakibie possessed great wealth. “There was a wealthy man in Okonkwo’s village who had three huge barns, nine wives and thirty children. His name was Nwakibie and he had taken the highest but one title which a man could take in the clan. When Okonkwo addressed Nwakibie, he called him ‘Our father’ ” (Achebe 19). Certainly the travelling Europeans had taken notice of exchanges such as this one among Okonkwo’s people since they had been entering the village. “During the last planting season a white man had appeared in their clan” (Achebe 138). At this time, the Europeans were a civilized society whom was on a mission to make discoveries; and along with these discoveries came books from their newfound knowledge. One of the books that the Europeans were already familiar with was The Bible, and certainly they were accustomed to Matthew 6, which begins “Our Father”.
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