Moral Values In Okonkwo
He takes his own life when he sees that the people of his clan have lost their way. They stopped believing in themselves and wouldn’t stand up for the leaders or the clan when the atrocities that transpired took place. The clan seems to have lost themselves with the appearance of the white men and the Christian church. This change in the clan’s beliefs set a man who was revered as a great warrior and prestigious man to take his own life. In their belief taking ones own life is a far worse than anything else a man could do “It is an abomination for a man to take his own life” (Achebe, p.1190). Okonkwo suffered from a loss so great he ended his own life; this loss was of his beliefs. “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog” this is one of the last quotes in the story and it defines a truth but fails to tell the whole truth (Achebe, p.1190). Okonkwo didn’t take his life because of the white mans burden. The White mans religion changed his kinsmen. Okonkwo felt that he had lost everything when he lost his kinsmen to their weakness. The beliefs we bear are the things that define as humans. It is in our genetic makeup like DNA. We can choose to accept the changes that are presented or we can break from not adapting to the change. “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon - Franklin …show more content…
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