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An Analysis of the Similarities between Main Characters from Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
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Leo Tolstoy and Chinua Achebe both write about characters that go through their lives doing everything they are supposed to do according to their respective societies But in the end they both realize that all they have done was not enough While each of the protagonists lives turn to grief one fate was tragic while the other was pathetic As they continued on their paths to succeed neither was able to predict the dangers that lay ahead for them until it was too late From Achebes Things Fall Apart Okonkwo was a well-respected member of his tribe His father Unoka was not the ideal citizen of their clan In fact Okonkwo was ashamed of him from his childhood He learned from Unoka what not to do in his life From his early days Okonkwos embarrassment of his fathers laziness led him to become a hard worker on the farm and in the battlefield He earns a high status in his tribe with his wealth and strength and is able to maintain his three wives and children Throughout the novel the reader gains more and more respect for this character that lives his life with the American vision in mind work hard and you will succeed As a law-abider to the utmost extent Okonkwo will do anything to appear the perfect citizen in his society When informed from Ogbuefi a well-respected village elder that the child he won in a settlement Ikemefuna was to be killed Okonkwo does not really even think about defying the words of the Oracle During the execution while several tribe members with machetes attacked Ikemefuna he runs toward Okonkwo for protection Knowing he cannot save the boy he kills him with his own weapon Although he did not try to defy the sacred commands from an elder the reader does feel pity for him because he sinks into a deep depression after the murder Another sign of his loyal citizenship is
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