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Things Fall Apart

 

 There was a man who dreamed as a child of being well known and 
respected throughout his village and neighboring villages. This man, 
Okonko, worked hard at his goal, and he achieved it. Okonko, a man 
with great strength and personality, had achieved his goal to become 
rich and famous, a privilege that was unseen before in his family. 
Although Okonko reached his goal at an early age, his life began to 
Fall Apart when tragic episodes took place. 
 One can see that Okonko's life first began to fall apart when 
Ikemefuna, a captive who stayed at Okonko's home, was killed. Okonko 
had thought of Ikemefuna as one of his own sons. He was deeply 
saddened when he was killed. One can see the effects on Okonko from 
that event. First Okonko was unable to sleep for the following three 
days. He also kept on getting drunk, and that was a sign that he was 
depressed. This incident also had a long-term effect on Okonko. From 
then on his family would look at him as if it were his fault that 
Ikemefuna is dead. This episode can be seen as an event where Okonko 
looses some faith from his family. This corresponds to Okonko loosing 
faith in his father.
 Another important occurrence where one can see that Okonko's 
life falls apart was when he was thrown out of the clan for a few 
years. From this episode one can see that Okonko's hopes dreams have 
begun to fall apart. His hopes of being a rich and popular individual 
had drifted away with this upsetting incident. Okonko had no longer 
had his farm or animals. Also Okonko lost faith with most of his 
friends. This goes to show that Okonko lost faith with his friends, 
like his father lost faith with his.
 Another episode that showed the downfall in Okonko's life was 
when Nwoye, his oldest and favorite son, converted to the white mans 
religion, Christianity. To Okonko this was very upsetting because 
Nwoye was his eldest son, and Okonko had the greatest expectations for 
him. When news came to him that Nwoye was among the white men, one 
could have foreseen that only no good was coming to Okonko after that. 
By glancing at Okonko's life, one could see that the title Things Fall 
Apart fits perfectly with the book. Starting from the episode with 
Ikemefuna, one can see that Okonko's life will fall apart. Then, later 
on in the book, when Okonko was thrown out of his clan, one could have 
been sure that Okonko's hopes of being rich and famous were ruined. 
After all that, with the incident of Nwoye, one could see that 
Okonko's life was a total failure. Any speculator could see that 
Okonko had not achieved his goals, but instead, by the end of his 
life, he had become a failure like his father. 
 



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