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things Alter Essay

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The book Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe tells the story about a native dwelling in Africa during the period of European imperialism. By putting the publication during this time frame Achebe can first explain traditional Ibo culture and discuss the consequence that the snowy European evangelists had on Ibo society. The book dispels the commonly held opinion of Africans earlier colonization as savage and godless beings. Achebe clarifies the very innovative social arrangement in Umuofia and the intricate Ibo faith. In bringing together what I've learned about Europe and Africa during the time of Imperialism I will draw a contrast between both continents politically, religiously, and economically. Europe was ruled by a set of rather effective and competing monarchs during the right time of imperialism. In these monarchies a king and queen had supreme power over their countries. Back in Umuofia there was a democratic system of government with no 1 ruler and a intricate system where people could acquire political power through economic success. I think it is very ironic that when the white missionaries came they lectured the natives on how everybody was equal in the eyes of God, but yet they had supreme rulers in their own countries and a very unfair social caste system. Contrary to popular belief the Africans had an extremely intricate religion before Christianity came. Everyone in the community was extremely spiritual, even obeying their religious leaders when they have been told to kill their own children.

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