Things Fall Apart By:Jonah Crooker, GriffinGlover, Cole Gruninger, andShep Medlin
IntroductionPost-colonialism can be seen in Things FallApart through the invasion of the Europeansinto the Igbo land and culture. Some areasof Igbo life that they tried to change werethe Igbo culture, religion, and government,just as the Europeans tried to do duringpost-colonialism.
MissionariesThe first part of Igbo culture that the Europeans startedto replace was religion, they did this throughmissionaries. The missionaries tried to convert thenative population from their traditional native religionto Christianity. Since they were trying to shoveChristianity down the Africans throats, tension startedto build between the missionaries and the natives. Theinvasion of the missionaries caused the natives to haveto choose a side: the Christians or the native Igboreligion. This caused an identity crisis within thevillages. All of these examples are actually examples ofpost-colonialism that really happened between theEuropeans and the natives.
Government Example How It Relates to Post- Colonialism European government takes over During Post-colonialism the traditional Igbo government Europeans tried to establish order by setting up their own forms of government. Tribes cannot get rid of the During Post-colonialism the government without getting rid of natives wanted to get rid of the Christianity. If they get rid of Europeans but they didnt want Christianity they would have to kill the Europeans to come back and or banish members of their own kill their tribe members. tribe. The Europeans control the courts During Post-colonialism the so they have control over the Europeans came over and took African population control over the African population, which had no say in their fate, much like how they had
Culture• Chinua Achebe Voki on Culture• Languages can not be understood making it hard for interaction.• Europeans do not understand the culture of African natives.• More often than not, two cultures cannot coexist at the same time.
In the End ...In the end of Things Fall Apart the commissioner wrote a book called The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.This shows that the Europeans whole purpose was to rid the villages of their fighting spirit and convert them to European culture and society.In real life the Europeans did the same thing, they tried to erase the "primitive" African culture by slowly taking it over and replacing it with their own.
Quotes• "But he was not the man to go about telling his neighbors that he was in error. And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan. His enemies said that his good fortune had gone to his head." (Achebe 31)• "After such treatment it would think twice before coming again, unless it was one of the stubborn ones who returned, carrying the stamp of their mutilation--a missing finger or perhaps a dark line where the medicine mans razor had cut them." (Achebe 79)• "The Elders consulted the Oracle and it told them that the strange man would break their clan apart and spread destruction among them." (Achebe 138)
Quotes Cont.• "And they began to shoot. Everybody was killed, except for the old and sick who were at home and a handful of men and women whose chi were wide awake and brought them out of the market." (Achebe 139-140)• “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” (Achebe 176)
Conclusion The three mains ways that Postcolonialism can beseen in Things Fall Apart are through religion,government and culture. The Missionaries slowlyreplaced the Igbo Gods with Christianity, and in theprocess, also robbed the community of much of theirway of life and culture. This follows the pattern of theEuropeans in Africa during Post Colonialism. At thesame time, the Igbo tribal leadership was overtaken bythe English court system, as it was in Post ColonialAfrica as well.
Works Cited• Achebe, Chinua. 1st edition. Things Fall Apart. 1959. New York: Anchor Books. 1994. Print. 21 March 2013.• Yuran, Susan. Things Fall Apart. 1994. Rising Pyramid. Web. 21 Mar.2013.