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In THINGS FALL APART, Achebe presents a variety of characters, to show the differing perspectives of the clansmen, as well as the white missionaries. By first examining each character’s perspective, then looking at how they interrelate with each other, we can get a better understanding of the impact of Christianity on the traditional African
Mr. Brown has a style of getting along with others, and getting to know one another. He gets people to listen to him, by taking time to talk to the people, and learn about their beliefs, as he “…trod softly on [the clan‘s] faith“(Achebe 178). He even earns the respect of the clan, and they present him with an elephant tusk, which they consider a sign of dignity and rank(Achebe 179) He looks for common ground, making the connection of his one God, and the clan’s god Chukwu, and he doesn’t deride them, when they disagree(Achebe 179). Instead of expecting people to convert just because he tells them to, he instead elicits support through his successes, like teaching people to read and write. More people were attracted to the school(Achebe 181).
Reverend Smith sees things as black and white, and considers the conversion of people as a mortal conflict(Achebe 184). He encourages zealousness, and absolute adherence to his religion. His is a style of exclusion, instead of inclusion. He believes that “To fill the Lord’s holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence”(Achebe 184)
Okonkwo is a traditionalist. He is tied to the traditions of the past, and will stick to them no matter what. He fights against change, ridicules those who don’t agree with him, and sees any change in tradition as a threat to the life of the clan.
Obierika is the type of person that takes what comes, and is more the type to wait and see. He is indicative of the majority of people in the village. If the new religion does not directly effect him, he is not up-in-arms to fight it.
Nwoye is disgusted with the old traditions, especially when it comes to the killing of Ikemefuna(Achebe 147). The new religion appeals to him, and he is representative of the clansman that embrace the new religion.
Mr. Brown’s evangelical style resonates well with the clansmen. They can tolerate people of a different opinion, provided that person respects their own. They may not agree with Mr. Brown, but they respect him. The stalwart traditionalists, like Okonkwo do not feel threatened, and the clansman that seek out the new religion, like Nwoye, are allowed to pursue their own course.
Reverend Smith has a confrontational style. His style will not accept dissention, and it pushes the tensions to a breaking point. By attempting to destroy the traditional way of life, he force Okonkwo to defend himself. When he figures out that his way of life has ended, he takes his own life, instead of living in the new world.
With the white men having the superior military might, the outcome of colonization is obvious. The white man comes, the Nwoyes convert, the Okonkwos are destroyed or driven away, and the Obierikas of the clan, the fence riding middle-men, go with the flow.
Achebe, Chinua. THINGS FALL APART. New York, NY: Anchor Books, 1994.
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One very simple difference between Western and African art
is that of classification. Western art
displays two types of art
that they create. The two categories are applied and fine arts
respectively. In the fine arts
category we see sculptures, paintings, and things of that nature. These are the things that we typically study in class. The second category involves furniture, ceramics, and things of that nature. African art
doesn't have those two categories. In African art
, things of every day life, may come to someone as being beautiful. The things that they see as beautiful may be more meaningful to them than a piece on the wall of a museum. The African
societies looked highly upon pieces such as masks figurines. I think it's important to do something that interests you. There'd never be anything new out if everyone kept on making changes or variations to things that have already been created. One of the pieces of African art
I looked at was the Ngady Mwaash mask. It's a mask that females wear during tribal dances to show respect and honor for the deceased members of their society. I think it's important to have such traditions or rituals because I think it's important to show respect for those who have come before us and have laid the road for us to walk on. This piece of art
is just a small example showing the distinction between African art
and other art
forms. I really like African art
because it shows and has a sense of pride and meaning to it. While other forms of art
have meaning as well, I think African art
is very well done.
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