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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, Okonkwo’s 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 clan’s outcasts to embrace Christianity. Long scorned, these outcasts find in the Christian value 
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