Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Where are some quotes in Things Fall Apart that represent the theme of education?

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Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a twentieth century narrative that recounts the tragic demise of Okonkwo, the leader of the African Igbo community of Umuofia, through a series of colonial invasions from European missionaries.  Perhaps one of the most prominent quotes from the novel is presented in Chapter 20 when Obierika and Okonkwo are discussing the changes that the white men are bringing:

“Does the white man understand our custom about land?”

“How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad . . .” (Chapter 20).

This quote exemplifies the theme of education as it pertains to this novel.  There is a disconnect between the African tribes and the white settlers/missionaries because they do not understand the customs, language, or perspectives of the other.  Therefore, education becomes paramount in how the Igbo cling to their traditions and how the colonial imposition is able to infiltrate the African community. 

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