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...suicide. Oberiake, accurately sees Okonkwo driven to suicide “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog”In the midst of an epoch of entropic change, paradigm shift in justice, splintering family ties, Okonkwo chooses to accept the ultimate consequences, social sin, and death, in order to retain his steadfast beliefs. The unfairness of the suicide has Obierika choking on his own words. The seemingly invincible hero has fallen so far from greatness only to succumb to the same shameful death he so diligently tried to avoid. In the end Okonkwo’s fate, his qi, never “affirms with his aspirations”. In the most definitive and pivotal moment of his life, Okonkwo fails. The epic transformation Okonkwo undergoes, the one that lets him let go of his fear, is never fully realized because of his death.
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