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who is to blame for the fall of okonkwo in things fall apart?

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flozy | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM via web

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who is to blame for the fall of okonkwo in things fall apart?

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rdawnp | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 4, 2011 at 1:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Okonkwo, as much as he may be deemed a villian, was indeed a victim of colonization. Achebe's primary purpose, in my opinion, in writing Things Fall Apart was to highlight the evils of colonization.

Okonkwo was a leader of his people. Whether or not those who colonized his village believed he was morally right or wrong makes no difference -- the fact remains that the Igbo culture was debased and annhilated. Without the colonization of his village, Okonkwo would not have "fallen." He was a truly steadfast and stubborn man, but some would perhaps say he was the strongest for not giving in so easily to the newcomers.

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