How does acting impulsively bring Okonkwo to his downfall?My teacher has said some similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Things Fall Apart. He said that they both share strong male characters...

How does acting impulsively bring Okonkwo to his downfall?

My teacher has said some similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Things Fall Apart.

He said that they both share strong male characters and that their character's downfall is caused by their hastily judgements.

I've been trying to find examples of how Okonkwo's downfall is created by his hastily actions. However, I've found examples of him acting hastily, but I haven't been able to link it up for why it has lead to his downfall. PLEASE HELP!!!


THANKS A LOT!

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kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Throughout the story we see that Okonkwo's hasty actions have brought him reproach and trouble, starting with they led to his exile from the town, and in some ways this can be linked to the rash actions he takes on returning.  Rather than having any chance at reacting in a more measured and understanding way, he returns to see such massive changes and he cannot get rid of the bitterness that has built up inside him during his exile.

His decision along with the others to go and burn Enoch's compound and the church down demonstrate a willingness to act without an understanding of the problem or the opponent.  He is unable to contemplate the idea that life in Umuofia has changed for good and that his vigorous defense of it will not lead to things returning to normal.

His final act of confrontation, to kill the messenger from the court is clearly one of impatience and desperation and afterwards he realizes that the Igbo will not rise up together but that he has in many ways witnessed his own falling apart as well as the death of the Igbo way of life, hence he resorts to hanging himself.

 

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