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That year the harvest was sad like a funeral and many farmers wept as they dug up the miserable and rotting yams One man tied his cloth to a tree and hanged himself Okonkwo remembered that tragic year with a cold shiver throughout the rest of his life It always surprised him when he thought of it later that he did not sink under the load of despair He knew that he was a fierce fighter but that year had been enough to break the heart of the strongest lion Achebe 2947 Since I survived that year he always said I shall survive anything He put down his inflexible will His father Unoka who was then an ailing man had said to him during that terrible harvest month Do not despair I know that you will not despair You have a manly and a proud heart A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails aloneAchebe 2947 Achebes work Things Fall Apart is an epic it resembles stories about heroes in many cultures In these stories the heroes are extraordinary individuals whose careers and destinies are not theirs alone but are bound with the fortunes and destinies of their society They become heroes by accomplishing great things for themselves and their communities winning much fame as a result Okonkwo fits this pattern In Umuofia a man is judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father In Umuofia achievement is revered Okonkwo wished to be revered by all as a man of great wealth power and control the exact opposite of what his father had become Unoka was a failure a loafer and people laughed at him This would bring great shame to any man as it did for Okonkwo For this reason he rejected everything for which he believes
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