Why does Okonkwo fail to cope? What was the challenge? How he can make it different?

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Likely one of the biggest things that Okonkwo had to cope with was the enormous change in Igbo society that existed when he returned from his long exile.  He has a big party and things seem fine but there are underlying changes in the society that he begins to understand and he feels they must be forced to change back.

Instead of understanding the power of the white man and the way that their religion has begun to infiltrate his society and acting in a way to save some aspects of the Igbo culture, Okonkwo feels that it is all or nothing.  His incredible drive to succeed at all costs may in fact hurt him here as he does not stop to contemplate other possible interpretations or other ways to move forward.

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