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Things Fall Apart by Chinau Achebe Essay

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The Berlin Conference of 1902, concentrates on the way European nations can go about colonizing Africa. Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, follows a guy through the colonization of the clan at Umuofia. Throughout the novel, there are specific references to how the European powers were able to take over and settle in Africa. The most important cause of European colonization is using religion and their missionaries. Christianity utilizes three tactics to purge Africa: gaining ground through outcast expands, the setup of a government, and the economic value that the church attracts. Without the patronage of some converts the Christian church would not have lasted, or had an impact in Umuofia. Achebe describes the situation of the missionaries gaining their first converts when writing, "Not one of his converts was a man whose word was heeded at the meeting of these people. None of these was a man of name. They were mostly the kind of people that were known as efulelfu, unworthy, empty guys" (143). The town didn't mind losing the outcasts into the new religion; they were not needed in the society . Even though the Christian church gained support in Umuofia through the outcast course. The people that the clan did not care for leaving converted into Christianity; allowing the church to get associates. The more people the church gained the more power it held. By relating to and teaching the outcasts the manners of Christianity the colonists were able to convince more people (not just outcasts) which Christianity held power. Throughout his narrator Achebe insists that, 'The church has come and led many astray. Not just the low-born and the outcast but occasionally a worthy man had joined it" (174). Therefore they gained more shaky, including ones...

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