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When a hammer meets a selection of fine china the fine china breaks and shatters However if the fine china is replaced with Play-Doh that wonderful substance that reeks of non-toxic chemicals the Play-Doh molds and conforms to the hammer it changes This may sound utterly fruitless however the Play-Doh is still recognizable as Play-Do while the china exists as a collection of glass The chinas refusal to change causes it to break The Play-Doh accepts change and lets the force mold it into something new yet something that still resembles Play-Doh Okonkwo of Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart like the selection of china refuses to change This refusal causes a loss of self comparable to the chinas loss of form and due to this refusal he breaks or as shown in the novel kills himself Evidence of this negation to change can be found in points in the novel when change is forced upon Okonkwo It may be pertinent to define what Okonkwos self is He had an extreme disgust for his father He had no patience with unsuccessful men he had no patience for his father 2 Therefore he tried not to become his father He did this by surrounding himself with the work of supporting his family something his father did not do This routine became his self He was in fear of losing this routine because he would then become his father This can be inferred by Okonkwos experience in exile He did not enjoy rebuilding his farm and when there was no work to do he sat in a silent half-sleep 113 His father was described as a loafer 3 and a loafer is a person who does no work Hence his self is his routine and to change this routine would endanger his self This proves that he feared change The subtle edge of his resistance to the wave of change lies in the everyday aspects of
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