Kalu Ogbaa


Critics who seek reasons for the suicide of Okonkwo, the protagonist of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, 1 are faced with two problems. The first is the cultural enigma the suicide presents to critics who are foreign to the pre-colonial Igbo culture that Achebe presents. The second is literary: how to deal with the irony the event presents, for it is baffling and most unexpected that Okonkwo who, in the past, has demonstrated an incredible amount of courage and determination in facing his enemies (including himself) would consider suicide as a viable solution to the problems of the final moments of his life.



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