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...of chaos that so often accompanies change, whether it be violent revolution or subtle evolution. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe epitomizes this idea in Okonkwo, who, in attempting to overcome the threat of European colonialism, finds his life engulfed in a cycle of chaos, that culminates in his demise. Similarly, Fitzgerald embodies the same motif in his eponymous protagonist, who like Okonkwo, attempts to resist the prospect of change, an effort that concludes with his demise. Perhaps the most enchanting aspect of both novels, is that their authors, despite having placed their respective novel in a historical context, have universalized their pessimistic themes. Both authors describe the tragic fall of great men and great societies, and in doing so, conclude that perhaps it was simply the natural progression of time that brought both America and Igboland into decline.
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