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In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart one man who is both mentally and physically strong is plagued with failure and weaknessp13 which eventually causes his self-destruction This man struggles to get through his unsolvable problems which is a hopeless effort that ends up killing him The three main events that cause Okonkwo to be pushed to the limit are the death of his adopted son Ikemefuna his eldest son becoming a Christian and his exile from his tribe for seven years The first major mishap in Okonkwos life occurs when his adopted son Ikemefuna is killed Ikemefuna is taken from his home village and forced to live in Umuofia Okonkwos village This happens because Ikemefunas father murders a girl from Okonkwos tribe and this is Ikemefunas fathers punishment to lose his son Ikemefuna lives with Okonkwo and becomes close to all the members of Okonkwos family During the three years Ikemefuna lives with Okonkwo he is treated as a member of the family One day the oracle speaks of Ikemefunas fate his impending death When the news is brought to Okonkwo the high members of the tribe suggest that Okonkwo should have nothing to do withp57 the death of Ikemefuna because he is like a fatherp57 to him The next morning the high titled men of Umuofia take Ikemefuna outside the village on a long walk to kill him At first Ikemefuna is nervous and confused but when Okonkwo walks behind him he does not fear anymore Only then does the moment of confusion hit Ikemefuna he starts wondering why Okonkwo has moved behind him and before he can react he is struck down by a machete This is when Ikemefunas child instinct surfaces and he asks for help from his father Ikemefuna does not receive the help he asks from Okonkwo but receives the final strike that ends his life from his own fatherp61 Okonkwo is more concerned with the
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