Son Jara is an exceptional character that is fated not to become famous and prove himself superior but to become a leader of his people and save the ravages of his land. From the moment Son Jara was born, he was destined to become the king of Manden since his birth came to his father’s ears first when in fact he was born second. When he overcomes not being able to walk, Manden surely seems like it would be his, but his brother’s mother exiles him from his land so her son can become the ruler. As the years continue, a leader not akin to Manden, Sumamuru, throws out Son Jara's brother and rules. Sumamuru and previously Son Jara’s brother felt that Son Jara was a threat because the land was h...
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...fact better than his other clansmen as in the areas the titles determine. In theory if someone receives all of the titles in the tribe, they are certifiably better than all of his other clansmen that does not have the titles. Thus, not having a king, one leader, in modern African society implies that it leaves room for other men to find their way to a distinguished position a king like Son Jara would fill. While Okonkwo throughout Things Fall Apart seems like the extremist in his tribe, his people are not much different in redefining and emphasizing the role of the individual. More importantly, if the old idea of a leader and cooperative tribesmen were still present in Things Fall Apart would the European people still have had a chance to disrupt the Igbo clan or did the new concept of the individual inadvertently weaken the African people?
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