The clash of cultures is perhaps the most plausible reason that compelled Achebe to write Things Fall Apart. Both at individual and societal levels. The cultural misunderstanding cuts across the different levels of the community. The whites, through Reverend Smith, considers Africans as heathens. In the same vein, the Africans, through the Igbo, consider the missionaries and Christians as foolish. Achebe has exposed the misperceptions of Africans by the west and the misperceptions of the west by Africans. It is important to note that Achebe is writing Things Fall Apart after he has experienced both cultures, thus, may provide an objective assessment of the cultural clashes. Achebe is determined to prove that there is no problem with African culture and neither is there a problem with the western culture. Things Fall Apart, therefore, is an act of atonement with [his] past, the ritual return and homage of a prodigal son.