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After the stock market crash of 1929 hundreds of people ended their lives because they just couldnt cope with the fact that they had lost such a great deal of money Some had lost their life savings - but most hadnt In fact most of them still had enough to live better than a lot of lower-class families But why had they committed suicide Many prisoners who have been institutionalized for thirty or forty years have been known to commit suicide not long after they are released Why Isnt freedom a better alternative than imprisonment The answer to both these questions is the same CHANGE Even if the change is for the better a good number of people cant handle it In the novel Things fall Apart the main character Okonkwo is driven to suicide by change he cant handle The book is written by Cinua Achebe a twentieth century author Born in Nigeria Achebe grew up in a transitional culture much like the one described in the book He is currently a professor of literature at the University of Nigeria Many factors can be attributed to the cause of Okonkwos demise But the three most drastic ones are hissons conversion to Christianity the change in daily life the new religion brings and his frustration caused by his apathetic clansmen Nwoyes conversion to Christianity was a sharp blow to Okonkwo because the Christians are looked down upon as being insane The missionary tells them that all of the Ibos gods are false images of wood and stone and can do them no harm Upon hearing this the men of Mbanta decide that these men must be mad for how else could they saythat Ani and Amadiora were harmless And Idemili and Ogwugwo too146 The missionary goes on to tell them about the Holy Trinity At the end of it Okonkwo is fully convinced that the man is mad147 Also the first members of the
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