Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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In Things Fall Apart, what were the effects of colonialism on the region?

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The effect of colonization in Things Fall Apart was to destroy the entire culture of the region. In the novel, the greatest focus is on religion. The religious traditions and ceremonies of the Ibo people are described in some detail and though some of their practices may seem cruel, they provide the clan members with a profound sense of meaning and connection to the spirit world. The new religion of Christianity initially gains converts by accepting those of low status, who were denied a part in the traditional religion. The ministers of the new religion do not understand the old one. This is...

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The land changed, the people were no longer the same. Some people accepted the new fate and no longer did things the traditional way. Before the colonists came the land was known for believing that twins were evil, which was the main reason they were left in the evil forest but after the colonists came twins were no longer thrown away, the church took them from the evil forest instead and raised them. Okonkwo was no longer seen as the man he once was, the traditional man no longer meant anything, and those who were unable to move along with the changes or accept them, usually suffered a great deal such as okonkwo and killed themselves.

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