The Downfall Of Okonkwo Essay

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The Downfall of Okonkwo
The apple never falls far from the tree. In the book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo, who is the main character despised being like his father. His father had died when Okonkwo was very young. Although in the end he was exactly like his father when he hangs himself. Okonkwo is a vicious man which is shown when he kills the messenger at the Igbo’s meeting. He absolutely hates his son Nwoye for joining the European church. Okonkwo ultimately fails when he comes back to Umuofia and no one supports him in rebelling against the Europeans.
I. Okonkwo failed when he could not get anyone to rebel with him.
A. European’s had started to take over.
1. “On an Eke market day a little band of fugitives came into our town. Most of them were sons of our land whose mothers had been buried with us. But there were some too who came because they had friends in our town, and others who could think of nowhere else open to escape. And so they fled into Umuofia with a woeful story”, (138). The village of Abame had been wiped out. Europeans used the Eke market day as a cover in order to get into the down and destroy it from the inside out. The Europeans were behind the attack yet the people of Umuofia gave them land to make a church in the Evil Forest.
2. “The missionaries had come to Umuofia. They had built their church there, won a handful of converts and were already sending evangelists to the surrounding towns and villages”, (142). The Europeans made the Igbo’s life crumble around them by turning each other against one another. Europeans took many people into their church including outcasts. The Igbo’s would stand no chance in rebelling against European colonization if they didn’t unite. They need someone to stand behind. Which then Okonkwo came back to Umuofia when his seven years of exile were up for accidently shooting the boy.
B. Okonkwo stepped up to be the leader in rebelling against the Europeans but no one stood behind him when he needed them most.
1. “Mr. Smith stood his ground. But he could not save his church. When the egwugwu went away the red-earth church which Mr. Brown had built was a pile of earth and ashes. And for the moment the spirit of the clan was pacified” (191). A member of the Christian church un-masked an Egwugwu which is the worst crime that can be committed. The Umuofian’s united and burned down the Christian church to get even with the help of Okonkwo.
2. “The waiting backcloth jumped into tumultuous life and the meeting was stopped. Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war....

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