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March 13 2015 Reading Response on Things Fall Apart Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe tells the tragic story of Okonkwo, a once respected leader, and his Igbo culture. This story begins in Nigeria prior to Europeans coming and colonizing the land. Once the Europeans come in late nineteenth century, the Igbo culture comes into question and slowly adapts to what the Europeans want it to be. Okonkwo struggles with the difficult culture change, and the reader learns of the complexity of Igbo society and language despite European records. Achebe wants to prove to the western world that Africa was not primitive like the Europeans claimed, and that the Europeans destroyed many beloved traditions. The conflicts Okonkwo faces, such as the loss of his son to Christianity, shows the painful situations the natives faced with European occupation. Okonkwo is a very stubborn and inflexible man set in his current way of life. His resistance to adapting to European and inflexibility life brings about his destruction. The
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