Can Okonkwo's suicide be seen as noble? How?Okonkwo killed himself at the end, which is very unnoble as mentioned by his friend Obieirika. However I think that Okonkwo's suicide was very noble...

Can Okonkwo's suicide be seen as noble? How?

Okonkwo killed himself at the end, which is very unnoble as mentioned by his friend Obieirika. However I think that Okonkwo's suicide was very noble considering his options at the time. So why would it be noble?

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It is certainly feasible that one could see Okonkwo’s suicide as noble.  At the root of Okonkwo’s internal conflict was his resistance to change. His suicide is a direct result of this conflict. When Okonkwo returns from his exile, he has high hopes to return to the place of honor and respect that he once held; he also hopes to return to a Umofia that has not been changed much by the white man. He is disappointed on both accounts. He finds that Umofia has, indeed, changed as a result of the missonaries’ coming, and he is not pleased with these changes. When he kills the court messenger and none of his fellow tribesmen back him up, he comes to understand that things will never be as they once were and that he will never be the man and leader he once was. His committing suicide is the only option he sees as possible. He would rather die than corrupt his traditional beliefs. That can certainly be seen as a noble act. 

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