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The Analysis Of The Main Characters And The Impact Of Colonialism In Things Fall Apart And Avatar

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Imagine living in a small tribe, disconnected from the rest of the world, set in your antient traditions, only to suddenly be invaded by a different nation. These people look like nothing you've ever seen before and their main goal is to steal your natural resources, all the while disrupting your way of life. The only thing that you can do is react, maybe you choose to fight back, or maybe you learn to accept these new ways as your own. The Na'vi from Avatar and the Ibo from Things Fall Apart are both under the attack of an imposing nation, although the way that the natives and the invadors handle the situation are very different. Okonkwo and Jake Sully, the main characters from these two stories, have a huge impact on the outcome of the natives situation even though they handle themselves adversly.
The title of the book Things Fall Apart is based off of a poem called The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats. This poem was written shortly after World War I. Yeats believed that society had completely broken down and soon, the end of the world would come. The poem is about the end of the world as described in the Bible. By using this as his title, the author, Chinua Achebe, points out the similarities between the time of chaos in Europe after World War I and the upheaval the Ibo experienced when they were invaded (What's).
The author was also very clever in using a poem written by Yeats. William Butler Yeats was of the same group of people who were actually disturbing the way of life for the Ibo. Achebe despises the British invadors and is trying to prove a point to them. He is using the words of one of their own people to describe what they are doing to his people (What's).
To be simply defined colonization is the occupation and control of one nation by another (Unit Two). The Ibo people in Things Fall Apart were colonized by the British, and although this book is a work of fiction, West Africa was actually colonized by the British. This event is reffered to as "The Scramble for Africa". At the time many nations including Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Spain were trying to colonize as much land as possible in order to establish their own dominance against the rest of the world. This was largly due to an industrial revolution taking place at that time. Factories were being built and, as a result, economies were booming. With so countries doing well finantially, they began to rise in power, and all of them were competing to be on top (Iweriebor).
Africa was largely desired for several reasons. First and foremost it had raw materials that all of countries needed badly, especially Britan. Britan had a small amount of natural resources in the first place, most of its terrain is littered with rocks, making it unusable. With the coming of factories, the British quicky ran out of their resources. Africa offered miles upon miles of untouched, fertile land, teeming with materials they could use to run their industries....

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