Compare and contrast the approach of the two different missionaries in Things Fall Apart.

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 22, which is when the new missionary, Mr. Smith, arrives and begins to continue the work of Mr. Brown, but in a very different way, as the text makes clear:

He condemned openly Mr. Brown's policy of compromise and accommodation. He saw things as black and white. And black was evil. He saw the world as a battlefield in which the children of light were locked in mortal conflict with the sons of darkness.

It is clear therefore that Mr. Smith is very different in style, approach and character to Mr. Brown. Whereas Mr. Brown was about trying to quietly establish his church and religion without directly offending or confronting the culture too much, Mr. Smith is clearly a man who believes in no such ambiguity or uncertainty. To him, Christianity is the only right and correct way, and any other way is evil and to be opposed vigorously. This of course heightens the conflict between the traditional religion and culture and the new Christians, which, up until this point, had not been too pronounced.

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