There oppose new things, others are ready

There is a constant battle between traditional and modern views. People do not like change as they see it as a threat to existence. While some people oppose new things, others are ready for change and embrace it. In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the main character, Okonkwo is traditional, fighting the missionaries and the converters who are modernists. Okonkwo is a leader who has a fear in failing, but he always tries to fight for what he thinks is right. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, cultural collision causes Okonkwo to lash out violently for his angry feelings towards the missionaries for altering his people’s devotion from their native culture to Christianity. In the beginning of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo lives in a village named Umuofia in one of nine villages in Nigeria. Umuofia was known as “…feared by all its neighbors. It was powerful in war and in magic, and its priests and medicine men were feared in all the surrounding country.” (Achebe 21). The Igbo people had a very strong sense of culture, and would often confide in the Oracle for advise. Okonkwo is highly established in his life and is known for his power among the villages. He lived a comfortable life and then one day he was sent away for an accidental murder. He was punished to exile for seven years and during that time a good friend of his Obierika came to visit him to tell him “they had built their church there, won a handful of converts and were already sending evangelists to the surrounding towns and villages” (Achebe 137). This quote refers to the white man that came to convert the people to Christianity. At first Okonkwo took this as a joke and did not think much of it, but the more successful the missionaries got the more alarmed the villagers became. While some people confined in the new religion other like Okonkwo scorned it. As Christianity progressed he told his children “I fear for you; I fear for the clan.” ( Achebe 159). He was angry with people’s decisions to convert which led him to lash out and cast away his son away and burn the church. He struggles to fight to preserve his way of life when members of the clan convert to white man’s religion.