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Unformatted text preview: Christianity in Conflict with Indigenous Cultures There are myriad themes presented throughout Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. However, the main issue which leads to the ultimate tragedy in the novel is the conflict created because of different values between the indigenous culture of Okonkwo’s tribe and the Christian missionaries that settle in the area. Achebe gives a lot of background as to the indigenous culture and beliefs of Okonkwo’s tribe. He describes ceremonies with the egwugwu , which act as gods for the tribe, and emphasizes the importance of their Week of Peace. Achebe tells the readers that “No work was done during the Week of Peace. People called on their neighbors and drank palm-wine,” (31). He really tries to bring his readers into the culture of the people, and sets up part one of the novel to emphasize this. Indigenous cultures, especially African ones, are so different from what most of the world experiences, it’s really important for Achebe to go into detail about it and bring the...
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- Fall '07
- Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo, Christian missionaries