A Brotherhood of Two Religions

Originally, I didn’t really know what I was going to write about. But as I was writing a paper due tomorrow, I realized that I had become passionate about what I was writing and couldn’t put it down. So I guess I’ll post it as a quick read for all of my readers. It’s based on the book “Things Fall Apart”. If you haven’t read the book, it is a very interesting read; I found myself siding with the main character until I realized that the missionaries that he despised were Christian. Whoops. It definitely did show me the other viewpoint of evangelism. However, without further ado, I present to you an essay by me, a 10th grader.

A Brotherhood of Two Religions

Inner peace comes from a spiritual fulfillment of the soul; some people like Okonkwo try to complete their lives with external, worldly things such as yams and titles, but Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son, found that his life could not be complete without acceptance, which Nwoye found not from his father, but from his foster brother Ikefemuna and spiritual brothers in the church. Ikefemuna became part of Nwoye’s family during his three year stay, very much like an older brother, and he seemed to “[kindle] a new fire in the younger boy,” which even Okonkwo couldn’t help but notice and be pleased with (Achebe 52). Ikefemuna, like Okonkwo, became a strong rock and supported weaker others who admired him for seeming to know everything. Bonding with Nwoye, Ikefemuna made him feel secure and like a grownup, and Nwoye became confident in himself just as Okonkwo had before he became a legend in all of the towns. However, Nwoye’s growing confidence would not lead to barns of yams because when Ikefemuna was murdered, Nwoye lost the solid foundation on which he had gained his confidence and was thrown back into finding acceptance from the ruler of his life: his father. No matter what Okonkwo tried to do though, Nwoye’s fame would not come from wrestling or yams or titles, but from his conversion to the Christianity faith which soothed his pain and burns received from his father. This second transformation resulted from preachings that “seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul,”; the answer being that his Christian brothers and his Holy Father loved Nwoye for who he was, no matter what (Achebe 147). This unconditional love and acceptance was what Nwoye had been searching and striving for in his younger years, only temporarily achieved when Ikefemuna reached out a brotherly hand and lifted Nwoye up. Once Nwoye found a permanent fulfillment in his soul, he did not need the acceptance of his earthly father to be strong and confident; he found those qualities by having a growing faith and a group of Christian brothers and sisters as support. They had all come from a different religion and background, but driven by an aching in their soul, these men and women gathered together to find inner peace and spread their revelation to the others that they loved. Some of their loved ones would reform from the old ways and accept Christianity in their hearts, but others would cling to their external, worldly achievements and travel onto their life after death with nothing.

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