In the unique Things Break down, Chinua Achebe portrays a character, Okonkwo, as a strong and appreciated leader. Life is excellent in Umoufia, Nigeria. Until Okonkwo gets exiled from his town for 7 years. Throughout that time the European missionaries came and constructed a church in the Evil forest of Umoufia. This made Okonkwo distressed to come back to his village and bring back the Ibo culture however, it was more of a challenge than he believed.
Throughout the unique Okonkwo is a great leader but, he, himself, is challenged by the cultural crash since prior to the missionaries came in he is the “leading pet dog” of the Ibo people, he is respected and feared and “he had won fame as the best wrestler in the 9 villages.
“(Achebe, 8). However now that the Western individuals are in-charge, “They had built a court where the District Commissioner evaluated cases in ignorance” (Achebe, 174). Okonkwo has actually lost all that due to the fact that the Western individuals take away the battling video games the Ibo individuals had.
And in the end when he needs his people to assist him go against the Westerners, the do not do anything however let him go mad and kill the messenger. Through that Okonkwo is revealed to lose the respect he as soon as had over everyone. At this moment he has no identity after whatever he does to get the Western people to leave his culture alone and go back to their own culture. Achebe uses this to show that when change comes you can either except it and still be appreciated for your option or decline the change and risk the opportunity of losing all that you have.
Many individuals do not other than change and in this novel, Chinua Achebe reveals Okonkwo as an ideal example of that. Okonkwo does many things to show his displeasure of the Western people taking over his home place; such as, burning down the church and killing the messenger. Okonkwo attempts to explain to his people that “He has put a knife on the important things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (Achebe, 176). This metaphor is utilized to demonstrate how the life of Umoufia has actually changed immensely and to show how easy it was for the strings to be cut and retied however the Westerners.
Okonkwo insists on staying with the Ibo way of living but a man can just be pressed so far prior to he reaches his snapping point. Achebe reveals Okonkwo’s breaking point when his individuals do not to support him after he eliminates the messenger in rage. “Then they concerned the tree from which Okonkwo’s body was dangling …” (Achebe, 208). In the end, his action to the collision of the Western individuals was suicide. He thought that ending his life would be much easier than enduring this outrageous cultural conflict any longer. Crazes Fall Apart, things do simply that.
Chinua Achebe portrays Okonkwo as a really appreciated and well-known leader. When there is a cultural collision with some Western individuals, his identity is lost because of the respect that is lost from his individuals. By this time “The Africa of the empires is passing away … And Europe too where we are joined by the naval” (Senghor, 182). He then manages this collision with violence and when he has had all he can take, he dedicates suicide. Achebe has lots of valuable insights throughout the novel however the one that sticks out the most is that even the strongest males have their “breaking points”.