Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Life is never easy; it often takes unexpected turns, where one finds himself in a situation that was unimaginable before. This is what happens to Okonkwo in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo was one of the great clansmen in the village of Iguedo, where he proved himself to be a prominent contributor as a farmer and warrior to the clan, unlike his father, who was considered a failure in terms of masculinity. Due to an unfortunate accident, in which Okonkwo’s gun fires and kills a young man, Okonkwo is exiled to his motherland, loosing not only his farm and compound, but also the prestige that he has built for himself over the years, which strengthened his own belief in his masculinity. Okonkwo views his exile as a tragedy, yet he is welcomed and accepted by his uncle, who provides a new beginning for him and his family. However, this is mostly unappreciated by Okonkwo, who continues to consider himself as part of the Iguedo clan and focuses on his return, where he is going to build himself an even greater life than before. Exiles are often considered to be punishments after a serio...

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