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After I read this novel I understood pretty much about Okonkwos society because I am a part of International I am not too old to have a colonial experience but I learned and felt so many things about colonial history through classes from elementary school to university because Korea is also a suffered country from colonialism under Japan periodically Especially I felt so sad about epilogue of this novel since I can imagine how Okonkwo was suffered from new religion and why he decided to die In the novel Things Fall Apart Okonkwo is a clan leader in Umuofia who Achebe decided to explain a part of colonial tragedy His father Unoka was a coward and a spendthrift by the standards of the clan He feared the sight of blood never took a title and died of an abominable illness He left numerous heavy debts unpaid at his death Since early childhood Okonkwo was ashamed of his father However his hard work and his prowess in war earned him a position of high status and influence in his clan He rises to a position of wealth sufficient to support three wives and their children Okonkwos tragic flaw is that he is terrified of looking weak like his father as a result he behaves rashly bringing a great deal of trouble and sorrow upon himself and his family After he takes part in Ikemefunas death his fortunes take a turn for the worse and he ends by committing suicide a grave sin in his clan Okonkwo is also a defiant figure that resists the attempts of the white colonizers to impose on his clan a new religion and social order The Okonkwos defiance stems from his fear of the white mens destructive potential on the social hierarchy and religion of the clan Okonkwos fear is presented when he first encounters the missionaries of the new religion in the village of Mbanta The
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