Things fall apart on two levels. Okonkwo is becoming more and more alienated from his community. His relationship with his wives are strained. His farm is failing. His status in the communiy is diminishing, as his outbursts of temper become more and more pronounced. At the same time, the British are colonizing his village. The presence of the British cause skirmishes and warfare between Okonkwo's village and neighboring villages. In addition, the traditional tribal hierarchy was threatened by British rule. This dual process of things falling apart merge tragically at the end, with Okonkwo's decision to take his own life.