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Sam 1 Sam 1 The Qualification of Imperialism Extending a country’s power through diplomacy or military force is a policy that has affected many people. The novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe centers on Okonkwo, a strong and respected man of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first portion of novel has to do with Okonkwo’s descent from a high position in the tribal world. The second part of the novel deals with a clash of cultures and a significant change in Okonkwo’s world, due to the arrival of European Missionaries into his homeland. Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, is a revolutionary novel that deals with the overall effects of imperialism on the people who lived through it, and how these effects have ruined the relations of family and friends, educated and civilized native people, and taken the lives of many innocent people. Along with Imperialism comes the negative aspect of ruined family relations. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo was always concerned with his oldest son, Nwoye. He never thought his son was masculine enough to follow in his footsteps. The final straw he had with Nwoye was when he figured out he was hanging out among the Christians. Okonkwo threatened to kill Nwoye, so he decided to leave his father to go to the Christian school. After some time had passed from that incident, Okonkwo gathered up his other sons and spoke before them, “ You have all seen the great abomination of your brother. Now he is no longer my son or your brother. Sam 2 I will only have a son who is a man, who will hold his head up among my people. If any one of you prefers to be a woman, let him follow Nwoye now while I am alive so that I can curse him.
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Sam 2 If you turn against me when I am dead I will visit you and break your neck”(Achebe 172). Okonkwo explains that Nwoye’s relations with the Christians is a sign of lost masculinity and cannot be tolerated. The faith brought along by the European missionaries was so inviting that it sparked an interest in Nwoye’s heart. This interest alone, tarnished his relationship with his father. Okonkwo’s disappointment toward his son is so strong, that when he addresses him to the other sons he tells them that Nwoye is no longer their brother or his son. The fact that Okonkwo states that Nwoye is no longer his son, shows very thoroughly that Nwoye’s relationship with his family has been forever ruined, all thanks to imperialism. The imperialism of a certain area can
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