final things fall apart

final things fall apart - Period 6 January 24, 2008 Part...

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Period 6 January 24, 2008 Part One Essay One: Understanding Okonkwo’s death in Things Fall Apart “‘The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop.’ In a flash Okonkwo drew his machete. The messenger crouched to avoid the blow. It was useless. Okonkwo’s machete descended twice and the man’s head lay beside his uniformed body. The waiting backcloth jumped into tumultuous life and the meeting was stopped. Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape. They had broken into tumult instead of action. He discerned fright in that tumult. He heard voices asking: “Why did he do it?” He wiped his machete on the sand and went away” (204-205). At first, I truly could not understand why Okonkwo would kill himself. From all the information I knew about Okonkwo, it seemed suicide would not be an option for him. For someone whose goal in life is to be a great Igbo man, suicide, a greatly admonished practice in his culture, does not seem a feasible option. As I considered further, I determined that this must show something about Okonkwo that he never reveals to others. He wears a mask of masculinity, but it is not physical fighting that kills him, it is the sense of despondency that accompanies that
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This note was uploaded on 08/21/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Bielajew during the Spring '07 term at University of Michigan.

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