In the novel Things Fall Apart, suicide plays a major role in the outcome of the story. Everything that the main character, Okonkwo, once knew had changed drastically resulting in his suicide. He was a well renowned warrior and was one of the many chiefs in his clan, he had land, 3 wives, and upwards of 25 children between them. But, all the changes started when a white missionary visited his village. After the white man shows up everything goes south for Okonkwo and his family, Okonkwo accidentally kills a man and is banished for 7 years and he lost everything including his land and his title.
. Okonkwo’s machete descended twice and the man's head lay beside his uniformed body” (204). In the end it is Okonkwo’s inability to recognize change that forces him to commit suicide. It is the white missionaries’ inability to recognize that the Africans did not wish to change which adds to his demise. The missionaries represent the ruthlessness of the white man in Africa.
When a few messengers came to deliver a message from the Commissioner, he kills one of the messengers. It shows that Okonkwo was not able to control the events of the new ways of Umuofia that were too different from the way of his youth. He was afraid of becoming weak so he committed suicide. Although it was against tradition, Okonkwo did one last thing his father would have never thought of doing.
He ended his life because he no longer had the will to live in a tribe that he found weak and womanly and killed himself because to him everything had fallen apart. Works Cited Cobham R. (2002). Modern Critical Interpretations: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Retrieved from http://www.humanities.wisc.edu/programs/great-texts/things-fall- apart/center-resources.html Iyasere S. (1998). Understanding Things Fall Apart: Selected Essays and Criticism.
However, Okonkwo’s honor was diminished at the funeral of Ezeudu, when his gun accidentally misfired and killed a clansman, and he had to flee the village to his mother’s land. He spends the rest of his life being discontent with the exile, even after he is accepted back into his village seven years later, because his goal in life was to be successful, influential, and honored. He is also angry that his clan has become “womanly” after they openly accepted the white missionaries into their village. His unhappiness leads him to
The Downfall of Okonkwo In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo’s tragic downfall is illustrated alongside the downfall of his clan. Okonkwo was, the protagonist, was borne with a father that was a pathetic, selfish man. His whole life was controlled by the fear of becoming what his father once was, and this showed who he truly was. Throughout the story, Okonkwo, who was once a great man, undergoes a dramatic change. He falls from the top of the clan to the bottom, having to deal with many conflicts along the way, the toughest being his own fears.
Another example was when Okonkwo killed the slave that he was keeping with him which was considered as another wrong decision because he wasn’t supposed to take part in the killing. The last strike that Okonkwo was given was when everyone was at the funeral of the man who had the divine message to kill the slave and Okonkwo accidently shot the deceased man’s son, which made the village not happy at all. After this, Okonkwo was sent into exile for seven years (Achebe, 124). A couple years later, missionaries from North America came to the village and started preaching the gospel. This is where colonialism was becoming a huge
Unoka had beat his family a lot just like Okonkwo did. Okonkwo had killed one of his son’s, Ikemefuna and beat his other son for joining the Christian church. They both did stupid things to their families for stupid reasons. Conclusion: When Okonkwo came back, no one rebelled with him so he failed in driving the Europeans out of Umuofia. Okonkwo did what he tried not to be which was like his father.
Not only were they profusely beaten but were also made to pay a hefty fine for their release. This act of imprisonment and release could be seen as the decline of power and authority that the natives had in their own homeland. Okonkwo’s final blow came when he murdered the district commissioner’s messenger as an act of rebellion and repudiation of the British rule. Although, he expected his clansmen to be sympathetic to his cause and stand by his side but the very fact that nobody spoke a word when Okonkwo struck down the messenger was enough for him to understand that no longer are these people with him or as passionate as him to overthrow the British rule and no longer was this place his ‘home’. “Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man.
Nwakibie gives Okonkwo a generous amount of seeds because he is a hard worker. With those seeds he had to support his family instead of his future. The rest of the year ends up being terrible (heavy rain, trees uprooted, no sunlight, yams didn’t turn out). o Chapter 4- Okonkwo quickly went from being in poverty to one of the lords of the clan. Okonkwo soon becomes attached to Ikemefuna, but doesn’t openly share his feelings.