My mother then saw how nearly every woman here wore more casual looting, such as jeans and sweatpants, apparel my mother had never seen a married woman wear freely. My mother having to adjust to a completely different environment affected her in similar ways as other cultures affected civilization in certain pieces of fiction. In the novel Things Fall Apart, by China Achebe, and the film Chocolate, directed by Lease Hailstorm, the influences of new culture on an existing society shows that actions carry consequences. In both pieces, each society experiences a similar influence caused by new cultures.
When these new cultures present themselves, both stories include a sort of abandonment to old traditions in replacement for these new ones. In Things Fall Apart, many people living in Muffin, including Ginkgo’s son, convert to Christianity when the missionaries introduce the new religion. Awoken feels a deep shame towards these converts for betraying their gods and their customs, so deep that he ultimately disowns his own son, commanding him to never come back home. Similarly, in Chocolate, Vienna opens a Chocolate during the weeks of Lent, shocking the extremely elisions townspeople, including the Comet De Reentry.
Infuriated, he orders the people not to purchase from the shop, in hope that Vienna goes out of business. Although, most townspeople choose to desert the rules set on them by the Comet and Lent and indulge the chocolate. As a result, the Comet and other loyal church members avoid interacting with the chocolate consumers, ashamed of their actions. The Comet and the church members shun the members of the town as a result of them betraying the church, just like how Awoken rejects his son for converting to Christianity.
Furthermore, the two owns previously mentioned feel a related urge to neglect any change to their existing culture, refusing to accept new ideas that could possibly improve their lives. In Things Fall Apart, Awoken and several other men set fire to the Christian church while masked as gave;Gavel, or spirits Of their dead ancestors. However, the missionaries have already established a position in Muffin, and they imprison Awoken and his men for quite some time. Also, in Chocolate, the Comet and Serge watch Vienna welcomes the intruders harboring on the river, an action against all of the Comets orders.
Serge then decides light a flame to one of the harboring ships, justifying it as an act for God. Disgusted, the Comet then orders Serge to leave the town as soon as possible. Awoken and Serge both choose acts of destruction towards their oppressors, actions that imprison Awoken and leave Serge without a home. The introduction of new cultures influences the two stories in similar ways, but it also affected them differently. The way people in the movie and the novel react and handle unfamiliar situations caused by new beliefs differs extremely.
Specifically, the unique ay both towns react to the introduction of the new customs. For example, when the people of muffin hear about the Christians, the village elders feel strongly against letting the intruders have land in their town. They decide to give them part of the evil forest, thinking they will not survive. When the Christians grow in population and start converting villagers, the elders then realize the problem on their hands. However, the Comet De Reentry treats Vienna like a friend at first, and welcomes her into the town.
His judgment initiates once he finds out Vienna does not go to church, but by then people eave already began to eat from the chocolate shop. The Comet originally welcomes Vienna in a way completely differently from that of the village elders in Jamaica, who gave them the worst piece of land in the town, but ultimately, both leaders lose power in their villages due to a generated influence over their people caused by new concepts. Additionally, when these new cultures settle in their new environments, the original societies have to figure out how to resolve their conflicts, which also shows differences between the two stories.
Awoken yearns for war against the Christians, and ring a meeting at the marketplace, he brutally rips off the head of one of the Christian court messengers. In turn, this action ends up humiliating Awoken among his villagers, and acts as the final blow in his decision to take his own life. On the contrary, the Comet longs for people not to eat from the Chocolate, but only to mask his own desire for Viennese chocolate. He finally breaks, and Vienna catches him passed out on one of her displays in the window, after breaking in her store and devouring her chocolate, shaming him beyond belief.
Overall, Awoken attempts to prevent new cultures from interfering with his village by using violence, but this results in him committing suicide. On the other hand, the Comet De Reentry hides the fact that he wants to accept the influence of chocolate in his town, causing him to fall into temptation, humiliating himself. Although the two stories ended differently, they both ended with the choices of a leader acting as the final blow to their downfall. The influences Of new culture on an existing society prove that actions carry consequences, as shown in Things Fall Apart, by China Achebe, and
Chocolate, directed by Lease Hailstorm. The two pieces show connections through the accepting and rejecting of these new beliefs. Yet, at the same time showing differences in how the two societies react and resolve the conflicts that the new cultures bring along with them. The village of Muffin and the town in Chocolate undergo unusual situations caused by new cultures comparable to how my mother adjusted to her move from home. With the constant introduction of new cultures, the choice remains, whether to neglect change, or to accept it at the cost of old traditions.