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Culture Collision Essay

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When the Europeans arrived in Africa during the late eighteenth century the culture and the lives of the people of Africa are altered. Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa has adversely changed the way of life of the African people, and changed their culture, that had developed for so many years, unscathed by any distraction from the outside world. This dominant European influence has led to poverty in the African continent for the next 100 years, because of the institutions that were put into place by Europeans. In Things Fall Apart, it becomes clear that the Ibo culture responds in a distinct way to the European colonization; when compared to other villages and ethnic groups in Africa. These foreigners had such an enormous effect on the Ibo tribe that many of the clansmen decided to abandon the traditional ways or were too afraid to rise against the takeover of their tribe by the Europeans since the natives lacked the adequate technology to fight off the Europeans. The culture collision between Europe’s culture and the Ibo culture causes Nwoye’s sense of identity to be challenged and causes him to distance himself from his family and his tribe because of the introduction of Christianity and western ideals.
Nwoye is the person most effected by the culture collision in Things Fall Apart, prior to the white men’s insertion Nwoye is basically what would have been considered a favorable child in Ibo society; he is loyal to his family and he listens and respects his father. Okonkwo also believed that he was developing into an acceptable young adult, "Okonkwo was inwardly pleased at his son's development... He wanted Nwoye to grow into a tough young man capable of ruling his father's household when he was dead and gone."(Achebe 52) Preceding the culture collision he wanted to please his father as much as he could even when it came to things he didn't necessarily enjoy. “Nwoye knew that it was right to be masculine and violent, but somehow still preferred the stories his mother used to tell..."(Achebe 53) He had friends and loved his family and just wanted to please and be with his family. It is easy to detect by looking at the quote that Nwoye wants to show respect to his father even though he would rather be...

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