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Unformatted text preview: English Notes- Theme of Change in Things Fall Apart and God of Small Things Under what circumstances are people responsive/unresponsive to change? As a story about a culture on the verge of change, Things Fall Apart deals with how the prospect and reality of change affect various characters. The tension about whether change should be privileged over tradition often involves questions of personal status. Okonkwo, for example, resists the new political and religious orders because he feels that they are not manly and that he himself will not be manly if he consents to join or even tolerate them. To some extent, Okonkwos resistance of cultural change is also due to his fear of losing societal status. His sense of self-worth is dependent upon the traditional standards by which society judges him. This system of evaluating the self inspires many of the clans outcasts to embrace Christianity. Long scorned, these outcasts find in the Christian value the clans outcasts to embrace Christianity....
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Bielajew during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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