The break away from his ancestors traditions and become

The short story “Chike’s School
Days”, written by Chinua Achebe, is one about a young child born in a lower
caste system who was raised by his parents to go against age old traditions in
order to live a more fulfilling life. The child, Chike, and his family immerse themselves
into learning what the natives called “the white man ways”, but what we know as
Christianity. The lowest station, also known as the Osu, were viewed as the
dregs of society. Yet with this newly discovered religion, there was promise
for those unfortunate to improve their lives. Nonetheless, there were those in the
general public that would have rather kept custom the way it had been. The
account of Chike is one of him resisting what was anticipated from him as an Osu
and doing what he and his family believed was right. 

                   The introduction of
Christianity, and addition “the white man” culture to a new society, has shaken
tradition apart. The author writes, “It is important to know how Chike’s father
became an Osu because even today when everything is upside down, such a story
is very rare” (40). The motivation behind why the author chose to go away from
the fundamental story was to demonstrate how Amos, father of Chike, empowered
by the energy of Christianity chose to completely ignore tradition and marry a woman
of a lower station, Sarah.  A marriage
like theirs was considered as an extraordinary outrage since nobody would
willingly surrender being in a higher class society to wed beneath them. The
marriage between Amos and Sarah greatly affected Chike as it demonstrated to
him that religion and white culture gave him a chance to break away from his
ancestors traditions and become someone he could happy with.

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                    For instance, learning a
white man’s education gave Chike’s life meaning. He became enamored with
English words and how they sounded. Chike described his educational experience
as “a window through which he saw in the distance a strange, magical new world.
And he was happy” (42). This implied that education was a gateway for him. It encouraged
him to think about another life for himself and escape the one his lower
station had destined him to have. His instructors and the
school itself did not care about his lower status, just that if he was willing
to learn.

                   All in all, opposing what
society dictated what an Osu should be is the thing that Chicke get on an
alternative track. While short, the tale of “Chicke’s School Days” showed how
presenting new ideas in a society can have an extraordinary effect. With the
assistance of a religion, his own family traditions, and a new love of
education, he enhanced his life quality.