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The Odyssey is a famous Greek tell written by Homer about Odysseus. A hero in the Trojan War and king of the kingdom island of Ithaca along side his wife Penelope and son Telemachos, Odysseus is known to be a great man. Then there is Okonkwo, the main character in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. A story of the African Ibo tribe, Okonkwo is known as the greatest fighter in his tribe and grows to plays an important role in his village, despite his father leaving him with nothing to live off of. These two different characters from these two different books, both full of pride and reason, embark on a epic journey that will challenge who they are/have become but each will react differently ...view middle of the document...

When compared to Odysseus’s twenty years away from home, Okonkwo’s exile seems like a vacation to everyone but Okonkwo, as we could not wait to return and re-build the reputation he had worked so hard to build before. Okonkwo’s journey started long before his exile and would last long after his return to Umofia but unfortunately he could not handle the changes as Odysseus could. Unlike Okonkwo Odysseus was not exiled from his kingdom but after fighting in the Trojan War he found himself along with his men lost and faced with many challenges. It would take him twenty years to return back to Ithaca and it would be no easy task after he returned either. Odysseus return’s to a home full of men trying to marry his wife and take over his kingdom but it was his journey that changed his view on life and for that reason he reacted differently then anyone expected. The same can not be said for Okonkwo whose home is invaded by missionary and changes everything he knows. Okonkwo’s journey was just as stressful was Odysseus’s as both faced challenges that would either make them or break them.
Both men while on there journey faced life changing situations, people, forces, etc. The first challenge faced by Okonkwo on his journey would be his taking in of Ikemefuma. After three years of living with Okonkwo and his family Okonkwo finds himself growing fonder of Ikemefuma along with his son, Nwoye and his wives. Ikemefuma had started referring to Okonkwo as father. It was for this reason that when the time came for Ikemefuma to be killed Ezeudu, the eldest man in Umofia and greatest warrior of his time, comes to tell Okonkwo to have nothing to do with his death. But when the time came and Ikemefuma is taken out of the village to be killed it is Okonkwo who delivers the final fatal blow to Ikemefuma. We now see a more softer side of Okonkwo as he feels guilt as he “did not taste food for two days, drank palm wine from morning till night and his eyes were red and fierce…” But this does not last long as Okonkwo refuses to be weak speaking to himself, “When did you become a shivering old woman, you who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed.” Okonkwo soon is back to his strong and prideful self but incident after incident tests his strength. At the funeral of Ezeudu Okonkwo’s gun fires killing the son of Ezeudu and Okonkwo is exiled from Umofia for seven years. He returns to his mothers-land, Mbanta, where he is met with the wisdom of his mother’s younger brother, Uchendu. In his seven years away missionaries come to Nigeria and take over all the villages spreading their new religion and education and the village people, one of these people being Okonkwo’s son Nwoye. When the missionaries came to Mbanta the people refused to do the job of the gods by fighting back. “This was a womanly clan, he thought....

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