Okonkwo's Exile

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Okonkwo’s Exile

Okonkwo started off to be a very strong young man. Many of the village people looked at him as a role model. Since the village people admired him so much, he became cocky and thought he was better than everyone else. So when new rules applied, Okonkwo got displaced because he thought since he was dictatorial for so long, he didn’t have to listen. Okonkwo being displaced from his community made him depressed, irrational, and overwhelmed. First, Okonkwo becomes very depressed when he gets displaced from his community. In the text, it states that Okonkwo sits in his chair and dozes off into a deep sleep. This is very odd for Okonkwo because he’s usually energetic and has no thought of being lazy. His greatest and overwhelming worry is that he will become like his father, lazy, unable to support his family, and cowardly. Okonkwo’s only desire is to return back his community. Next, after Okonkwo have gotten displaced, his behavior is irrational. For example, in the story it says that when Okonkwo returns, he still believes that he can do whatever he wants. This shows Okonkwo’s cockiness because even though he was already displaced, he comes back and still refuses to follow the new rules. He feels that the changes that require compromise and accommodation are intolerable. Lastly, Okonkwo becomes overwhelmed when he gets displaced from his community. In the text, it states that when Okonkwo rashly kills a messenger, his clansmen back away in fear. He realizes that none of them support him and that he can’t save his village. Okonkwo felt defeated and useless to his community. He hangs himself and commits suicide because he felt that this was too much for him to handle and it was no use for him to try anymore. In conclusion, Okonkwo was used to everyone admiring what he does. He felt that when new rules applied, everyone would still do everything he did. Apparently, Okonkwo was wrong and felt that he was defeated. Okonkwo’s hard time adapting to the...
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