Essay about Imperialism in Things Fall Apart, Thesis by Chinua Achebe

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Cultural clashes result in unnecessary conflict. Several countries (European powers) including France, Great Britain, and Belgium imperialized Africa. They did this because of their demand for raw materials, need for markets, and their attempt to implement commerce, create civilization, and to bring in Christianity to be the primary religion. The clash between the Europeans and the Africans caused the Europeans to colonize Africa and to partition the continent, this partition plan is know as the Scramble for Africa. Chinua Achebe’s thesis regarding Colonial Africa in Things Fall Apart is an accurate portrayal of imperialism and Ibo culture to a high extent due to the religious accusations serving as catalysts for conflict, the use of the …show more content…
In addition, Achebe’s use of the arrival of the Christian, Europeans missionaries (and their interaction with the Ibo people) facilitates the development of an accurate portrayal of imperialism. The missionaries had elaborate discussions with the Ibo people regarding religion, “Then the missionaries burst into song” (Achebe 146).The persuasion of the missionaries is shown, as they attempt to convert the Ibo people to Christianity with happy, upbeat, rollicking tunes of evangelism, a sect of Christianity. The missionaries confidently state “We have been sent by this great God to ask you to leave your ways and false gods and turn to Him so that you may be saved when you die” (Achebe 145). This quote expresses the mission of the imperialists. In Rudyard Kipling’s “The White Man’s Burden,” he writes “Take up the White Man’s burden--And reap his old reward” (1-3). Reaping his old reward symbolizes the acquisition of resources, which leads to the installation of markets as well as the implementation of commerce. The missionaries imply that they are on a mission, as it is their “burden” to convert the Ibo people, save them, and most importantly, to colonize and imperialize the continent of Africa. With the contribution of Achebe’s utilization of the missionaries (imperialists), he establishes an accurate portrayal of

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