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In Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart Okonkwo is part of a tribe that lives in a village called Umoufia He wants to become one of the greatest men of the tribe by earning many titles and not being weak as his father was in his vision Okonkwos life bodes well until 3 unfortunate events occur each bringing him closer to his untimely end Ikemefunas death the accidental misfiring of Okonkwos rifle at Ezeudus funeral and the coming of the missionaries Ikemefuna a boy who is given to Umoufia along with a virgin as payment for a murder is decided to be slain by order of the Oracle voice of the God When Ikemefuna is first slashed at he turns around only to have Okonkwo his stepfather finish him off Dazed with fear Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down He was afraid of being thought weak p61 This quote exemplifies just how afraid Okonkwo is of being weak as his father was In truth being weak is simply showing affection which is healthy as science displays To Okonkwo a man must rule and show no fear affection qualifies as fear By killing his own stepson Okonkwo shows himself how heartless he really can be and this saddens him Ezeudu the man who warned Okonkwo that he should bear no hand in his Ikemefunas death p121 had finally died and a great funeral was held for him Okonkwos rifle which is fired as a final salute backfires and explodes One of the resulting fletchettes pierces a young boys heart Okonkwo is forced to leave Umoufia for seven years as commanded by the Earth Goddess as punishment for his crime Okonkwo had many dreams in his village one of which was to obtain all four titles His seven years exile kept his dream from becoming reality since he is not allowed to have any contact with his clansmen People gradually begin to forget Okonkwo
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