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He needed the village of Umuofia, his home, to remain untouched by time and progress because its system and structure were the measures by which he assigned worth and meaning in his own life.
Okonkwo required this external order because of his childhood and a strained relationship with his father, which was also the root of his fears and subsequent drive for success. When the structure of Umuofia changed, as happens in society, Okonkwo was unable to adapt his methods of self-evaluation and ways of functioning in the world; the life he was determined to live could not survive a new environment and collapsed around him.
From an early age, Okonkwo was ashamed of his father, Unoka, who was unable even to feed his family. The unpredictability of receiving enough food at a young age was enough to inspire fear and embarrassment in Okonkwo who associated this embarrassment with his father and was given further justification for these feelings when he went out into Umuofia, discovering that the other villagers held similar opinions of Unoka.
If he was accepted in the community, he was safe, respected, and successful, unlike his father, and his life had meaning.
From this delusion, Okonkwo established his ultimate goal of becoming a revered member of the village, possessing many titles, and achieving anything necessary displaying his prominence in the community. However, Okonkwo not only accompanied them, but he struck the killing blow as Ikemefuna called out for his protection.
Okonkwo was mistaken in what the values were in this situation as they failed to comply with his real desire to partake in killing Ikemefuna, doing what his father would not have done. The Ibo ways faded through the novel, arriving at a head in Part Two, bringing the downfall of Okonkwo.
There are signs in the novel of the changing mentality and questioning of Ibo ways, such as the abandonment of twins in the forest, by members of the community. During a discussion between Obierika and Okonkwo regarding the inconveniences of the ozo title, Obierika brought up that the title had lost value in other villages.
Unoka was a beggar, was a valueless person to Okonkwo, and he held no titles in Umuofia society. When Okonkwo accidentally killed another member of Umuofia during a funeral ceremony, he made no argument about the seven years of banishment that was the standard punishment though it did pain him to leave.
This implies that Okonkwo does not think about the traditions he follows; in fact, he does not think about them so long as they continue to sustain his internalized hatred of everything his father stood for.
He was distracted from his loss as all were distracted by the arrival and imposition of the white men and their ways.
His initial reaction is similar to those around him and though he disapproves of them, they are ignored. He managed to convince himself that when the time came for him to return to Umuofia, he would be back where he belonged, in a society that still knew what it believed in, and he would go back to working his way up in the village.
He was convinced that Umuofia would be able to handle the nuisance of the white men swiftly and looked forward to being a part of it. Those valued by the new institutions were those like Unoka. The new ways of Umuofia were too radically different from what Oknonkwo had established as his path in his youth.
Change, however, is inevitable, and those species and people unable to adapt to new circumstances are left behind. For Okonkwo to survive, he would have needed to reconstruct his beliefs but instead self-destructed; based on how passionate and determined Okonkwo was in his early life, his resistance to the change was complete and irreversible.
It was his final downfall. As the Ibo ways changed, Okonkwo resisted such transformation and died with the old traditions.Roy Anthony Martin was born on September 8, and fell asleep on September 16, These 30, days were not wasted.
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