” We can not leave the matter in his hands due to the fact that he doesn’t not comprehend our customs, simply as we do not understand his. We state he is silly because he does not know our ways, and maybe he says we are absurd due to the fact that we do not know his. Let him go away” (* 1).
This quote shows the significant theme of the book which is modification vs custom. The quote reveals the theme completely; essentially it reveals the lack of knowledge of most of the Umuofia clan and their worry of the white individuals culture taking control of theirs.
They are dealing with the concern of whether modification should be fortunate over tradition.The individuals of Umuofia desire a little change but at the exact same time they have fear of totally losing their lifestyle, individuals are divided on the topic at hand at what the right and incorrect thing to do is, and how much is to much modification. When the very first white guys was seen there was controversy currently. The man was seen in Abame, the elders immediately went to see their oracle out of fear. The oracle told the senior citizens that” the unusual guy would break their clan and spread damage among them” (* 2). So individuals eliminated the white men right away out of fear.Then a couple of weeks later on out of vengeance three white guys went to the Abame market and shot everybody except the people that weren’t there.
The Abame individuals were foolish they need to have understood” Never ever eliminate a guy who says nothing” (* 3). But no matter why the shooting took place at the Abame market the chatter had actually started and the worry had actually embeded in for the white males. After the Abame incident, other white people started to reveal. The white missionaries went to Umuofia and had begun developing churches there and started getting converts.Not everybody loved the brand-new religion though, however the leaders of the clan were not scarred since they believed that the weird faith would not last. Missionaries likewise showed up in the village of Mbanta. The missionaries started informing individuals of the towns about the brand-new faith” We have been sent by this great God to ask you to leave your wicked ways and false gods and turn to Him so that you may be saved when you die” (* 4).
The missionaries started to have individuals of the towns question their religious beliefs and culture, and to make them believe am I simply worshiping incorrect gods of wood and stone?Is all the rituals and killing and destroying innocent children really right? Numerous questions began to stir. A single person in specific who was mesmerized by the new religion was Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son. Nwoye turned into one of the first converts, but since of this change with his life that meant that he was no longer part of Okonkwo’s life or ever be considered his kid. Despite the fact that this hurt Nwoye, he felt a relief in his life, so he thought that he could discover other people within his brand-new faith that would like him more then his daddy ever had.As the missionaries continued getting the word out of their new religion and changing peoples life’s, they decided to request for some land to build their church. So the clan chose to give them as much land someplace as they wanted. The missionaries were very happy that they were getting the land, however what they didn’t know was the land they were getting was called the “evil forest” because it was alive with ominous forces and was wicked.
The” wicked forest” was where the clan had actually buried everybody that died from wicked diseases.There was a so called curse that was set on the forest, so individuals of Mbanta anticipated the missionaries to all be dead within four days. Not understanding of the curse the missionaries begun instantly cleaning out the forest and developing their church, and as every day went by and no one was passing away the people of Mbanta were questioned about why menstruation wasn’t working on the white guys. The church in Mbanta kept getting stronger and more powerful as every day passed and was getting more converts. Okonkwo stayed angered at the new changes in Mbanto,” until the abominable gang was gone after out of the town with whips there would be no peace” (* 5). Although some did incline the changes” It is not our customized to eliminate for our gods, let us not presume to do so now” (* 6). Although everybody had their own viewpoints of the matter at hand, the assembly out of worry decided to exclude the christians from the benefits and life of the clan.
Despite the fact that the new faith had just a few converts in the beginning, the christians rapidly grew and had ended up being a little neighborhood and they were not going to be easily closed down. After the seven years of Okonkwo living in Mbanta, he was finally able to go back to Umuofia after being exiled.Although things had actually been altering in Mbanta, Okonkwo was uninformed that Umuofia had actually likewise been changing. He still expected to just go back and have everything still be the same, although that was the total opposite. The new church was not the only thing that had changed because he was entered Umuofia; the white guys likewise brought a new government to the village. The men of power were no longer the high entitled guys, chief priests, and the elders, the men of power were now the District of Commissioner, and the court messengers.The District Commissioner had actually become the head of the federal government in Umuofia who evaluated cases ignorantly, then there were the court messengers who safeguarded the brand-new prison, which was filled with people who would not listen to the white male’s laws.
Okonkwo was really confused about what has actually happened to the village he as soon as had some power over.” What is it that has taken place to our individuals? Why have they lost the power to eliminate (* 7)?” Okonkwo was so flabbergasted about how his when perfectly conventional south african village had actually become a federal government managed christian village.So numerous things were altering, not only did the white men bring a brand-new faith, and a brand-new federal government, but they likewise brought trading to the village, which assisted the town have more of a money flow and schools were beginning to be constructed. The clan had actually become hardly identifiable to Okonkwo any longer, it was falling apart in his eyes. The town had not only begun to break down in Okonkwo’s eyes however in others quickly to follow too. On the annual worship of the earth goddess day, one of the egwugwu’s masks were inadvertently torn off by Enoch, which was among the best crimes a man could commit.Enoch showed everyone that the egwugwu’s were simply guys impersonating spirits, for that reason Enoch had actually basically killed an ancestral spirit.
From Enoch doing that he helped the missionaries falsify the Umuofia’s religious beliefs and show that it was all superstition, but he likewise re-sparked the dispute between the christian church and the clan. That was the final stroke for the clan with dealing with the christians,” Inform him to go back to his home and leave us alone … But this shrine which he built should be damaged. We will no longer enable it in our midst” (* 8). The clan can be found in contract to burns down the church; which makes Okonkwo extremely delighted for once.
The guys in Umuofia lastly started to reclaim the town that was as soon as theirs, so the next couple of days the males were armed and remained aware. As the males were on cloud nine thinking things might end up going back to the conventional methods, they forgot to bear in mind that their was still a federal government. The district commissioner was at a trip when the clan chose to burn down the church and not follow the laws. But when the District Commissioner did come back from his trip, Mr.Smith, who was the head missionary, immediately caught the Commissioner up on what had actually happened while he was away. After learning what had taken place the Commissioner got his messenger to round up the leaders of Umuofia for a conference. When all six leaders, including Okonkwo, met up at the commissioners headquarters they were asked what had occurred, prior to they even had a chance to explain what had taken place then they were right away arrested.
” I have brought you here because you joined together to molest others, to burn people’s houses and their location of praise” (* 8). The 6 leaders were fined with two hundred bags of cowries and were sentenced to jail and would not be launched until they paid the fine, and if they select not to they would be required to Umuru to be hung. The good news is every one of the leaders paid the fine, and were set free. Okonkwo was so extraordinary outraged when he was let out of the jail. Later on that night when he went back to his hut he could barley even sleep. All he might think about was vengeance, and how no matter what he was not going to back out of his plan.The next morning he went to the meeting place, which was the marketplace where he was going to meet Obierika.
” All our gods are weeping. Idemili is weeping, Ogwugwu is weeping, Agbala is weeping, and all the others. Our dead fathers are weeping because of the outrageous sacrilege they are suffering and the abomination we have all seen with our eyes” (* 9). Okonkwo decided that enough was enough he was not going to wait and enjoy his clan fall apart any longer.” We should root out this evil. And if our bros take the side of evil we must root them out too.And we need to do it now.
We must bale this water now that it is just ankle deep …” (* 10). And that is precisely what Okonkwo did. He stood by his word, and he did what he felt was right. He shot and eliminated a messenger at the market place, where every person witnessed with their own eyes.
Quickly after this the District Commissioner got to Okonkwo’s compound to recover him to be eliminated because of the sin he had simply committed, however the commissioner along with a few other individuals had actually realized he was to late the deed had been already done.Okonkwo was discovered hanging dead on a tree behind his compound; he devoted suicide. When Okonkwo was discovered dead Obierika turned to the District Commissioner and stated,” That guy was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to eliminate himself; and now he will be buried like a pet” (* 11). So rather then wait to be eliminated and embarrassed, Okonkwo took matters into his own hands and eliminated himself. In the book Things fall apart the main character Okonkwo ended up both losing and winning at the end.He lost in the sense of the brand-new faith, and government, and generally just the overall change ended up winning over custom.
Which was what he feared all along. However in a sense he won since the last thing he did prior to he passed away was something he totally thought was the ideal thing to do, so he never ever quit or stopped trying, despite the fact that he understands that he did all that he might and tried. But In the end it was just intolerable for him to live any longer with all that had actually altered in his town, so he did what he wished to do, which was killing the messenger, then he eliminated himself.He killed himself due to the fact that he understood that since he eliminated the messenger he was then going to be killed for the sin he had actually dedicated. But he he didn’t want to be eliminated by someone else and be made as an example, and he didn’t want to give the satisfaction to the District Of Commissioner by letting himself get eliminated by him. So in the end he just gave up and recognized their was nothing else he could do about the situation at hand. “The world has no end, and what is good amongst one people is an abomination with others” (* 11).
That shows that no matter that people will always see things differently, what is great or bad or what is ideal or what is incorrect. No matter what, the world will never be agreeing on the matter at hand, there will always be battling and arguing as long as their is something to be argued about. So in the end through all the fighting and distress Okonkwo’s death symbolized the tradition coloring out and change taking control of.