Okonkwo American Invasion

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There is a reason why the Europeans invasion has such a profound effect on Okonkwo. In Things Fall Apart the protagonist represents a kind of masculine ideal that breaks down when crushed by colonialism. Okonkwo opposes everything that the Europeans bring, especially Christianity. Being a man of tradition and a strong sense of heritage and pride, Okonkwo is devastated watching the Europeans tear apart his village and his way of life. When Okonkwo dies Obierika cries out, “that man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You [white men] drove him to kill himself, and now he will be buried like a dog . . .” (Achebe 208). Obierika has acted as the voice of reason throughout the entire novel, and it is at this point when he gets to the heart of
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