Okonkwo's Change After Exile And Colonization

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All over the world, cultures possess traditions that are uniquely their own. When two diverse cultures collide, there is a cultural shock that is experienced by both sides. In the novel Things Fall Apart, the colonization of Umuofia by the British created a drastic cultural clash that suppressed the Igbo tribe’s unaltered culture. The colonization influenced many people’s lives in the Igbo tribe; some members converted to Christianity, others wanted to keep the Igbo’s traditions alive, such as Okonkwo. According to Okonkwo, war was the only viable option. The British colonization fostered Okonkwo’s change to go from being a momentous man in his clan to an outcast among his village.
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Before Okonkwo was exiled, he showed joy for his work. The loss of pleasure for his work that Okonkwo established that his exile made him lose all enjoyment for the activities he had done in Umuofia. The reason for this was that these activities reminded him of his home in Umuofia, which was not the home he once knew.
After Okonkwo returned from exile, he openly expressed his disapproval for the new culture that settled there. Multiple times he insisted that Umuofia should go war to get back to their way of living. Okonkwo once said these words about going to war: “’We must fight these men and drive them from the land’” (176). This demonstrated that Okonkwo was willing to fight for his old traditions. He felt that violence was the only way to get the message across. Also, he did not enjoy the British ruining the Umuofia that he was accompanied with. The British culture was forced upon the Igbo people.
The cultural collision between the Igbo and the British generated diverse conditions for both cultures. The Igbo’s traditions were almost completely eradicated among the arrival of the missionaries. The missionaries taught the tribe that their...

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