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The Impact of White Missionaries Within an African Tribe in Things Fall Apart by Achebe

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The Impact of White Missionaries on an African Tribe in Things Fall Apart by Achebe From the book "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe, we see the impact that the white missionaries had on an African tribe and the antihero Okonkwo. The major character Okonkwo is a tragic hero. Achebe depicts Okonkwo as a Shakespearean hero with a tragic flaw, that tragic flaw is the fact that he can do anything in his power to not be a helpless man like his father Unoka. Okonkwo did what he did because he despised his dad and could do anything in his power to be the exact opposite of his father. Unoka is Okonkwo's father, he is a very lazy man, and it has gathered lots of debts. Okonkwo is very embarrassed of Unoka and appears to hate him very much. Achebe says that, "When Unoka expired he had taken no title at all and he was heavily in debt. Any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashamed of him? Luckily, among these people a guy was judged according to his own worth rather than the worthiness of his father." Okonkwo was a powerful man who was really proud and thought that any show of weakness could make him less than a man. To know Okonkwo let us examine Ibo society. We see the Ibo way of life prior to the shift happens and how they live their lifestyle afterwards. The main thing that happens after the arrival of the missionaries is that the tribe falls apart. The main reason for this is the arrival of the missionaries, who bring with them new ways of life, and largely better ways of life. Achebe tries to show us that the missionaries showed those who were hurt by the beliefs of the tribe that this did not have to go on in their faith, and that is the principal reason people switched for their religion. Achebe shows us that the tribe needed many wrong beliefs bef...

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