There are many rules to follow in the Igbo religion and if you break them it could sometimes mean exile or even death. “As the man who had cleared his throat drew up and raised his machete, Okonkwo looked away. He heard the blow. He heard Ikemefuna cry, My father they have killed me! Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down” (61).
As the clan killed Ikemefuna, “Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak” (61). The whole time Okonkwo was in exile, he knew he had lost his place in his clan. As soon as he was thrown out, he began to plan for his return. Okonkwo’s loyalty to his clan was larger than his life.
Moments after Ikemefuna yells “My father, they have killed me!” Without a response Okonkwo himself cuts Ikemefuna once more ultimately killing him. This action brings the reader to heartbreak after feeling that Ikemefuna was beginning to fit in with the family and was killed by the man who he called father. Okonkwo’s only motive for this action is to keep his strong public figure and not be looked to as weak (Achebe 61). The organization of chapter seven of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart plays a role in why the readers do not sympathize with Okonkwo’s actions. At the beginning of the chapter Achebe shows how Ikemefuna has fit into the family and looks up to Okonkwo as a father and how Okonkwo treats him just as good, if not better, than his own son, Nwoye (Achebe 52).
This quote supports the theme because Okonkwo’s fear of weakness lead to his irrational actions such as killing Ikemefuna, which turned some of the Ibo clan against him, including his own son. His fear of failure is what drove Okonkwo to kill himself when it became clear that he could not achieve his dream, which lead to the further falling apart of his clan by symbolizing the loss of hope. Right after Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna, which Obierika advises him not to do, Okonkwo begins to doubt himself, but immediately pushes the fear away, in denial. In the quote “‘When did you become a shivering young woman’, Okonkwo asked himself, ‘you who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war?’”(22), Okonkwo is trying to convince himself that he needs to be stronger, in order to continue his success. When Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna in order to try to conquer his fear, he went against Obierika 's advice.
Suffering: Hamlet Hamlet, the tragic hero fits well into the instrument of suffering. The spreading of his suffering was due to his personal anguish. Within Hamlet there were many things that had caused his suffering, some of these reasons were due to his own personal plan for vengeance. Hamlet faced immense amounts of suffering within the play; his father had been murdered, his thrown had been stolen, and his mother was in an incestuous relationship with his father’s brother, who was the reason behind all of Hamlets suffering. As the plot thickens we begin to realize that Hamlets suffering is really beginning to affect him when he kills Polonius which ultimately affects all the people around him.
There are two key examples of this; the horrors of killing another human being, and witnessing the death of a close friend. After being forced to kill a French soldier, protagonist Paul Baumer is overcome with grief and remorse. He begins to think almost deliriously due to the trauma he experiences. Baumer, or perhaps it should be said Remarque, writes “My brain is taxed beyond endurance.... I have killed the printer, Gerard Duval.
In our spirituality, when a external man commits a crime or murder, we take that man’s life, or we exchange a member of that tribe and take his life to avert war. Our justice system is set-up in an “eye for an eye” way of punishment. The Oracle tells us how to punish people; it also makes tribal decisions. The Oracle expressed to Okonkwo to not to participate in the sacrifice of Ikemefuna, because he was like a father to the boy, but he executed the youngster anyways. This is partly why Okonkwo was punished.
Rand fell off his barrel and cut his jugular vein, causing him to bleed to death” (Alverez 22). The senseless act of hazing has killed a large number of people all because ‘’tradition must be followed”. People who are interested in joining fraternities and sororities are forced
This final straw caused the Hutu people to crave and have reason for revenge. The killing of their leader as well as another Hutu man was now dead. The Hutu people had felt the Tutsis had tried to over throw them too many times and shown too much disrespect to their people. The Tutsis treated the Hutus as if they were their political props to prove their points. The Tutsis treated the Hutus like objects not people, killing whoever was in there way of superiority and power.
The war had also put Salva, and his entire village in danger. For Salva, the war was a really big event in his life that can affect him in many ways. I would ask Salva how he felt about the big war. I would of asked him is he was sad, or upset about losing his family. According to the text,” A Long Walk to Water”, it says “ These people were Dinka too!
He claims that Prince Jones’ life is a vessel, carrying every component that made his life meaningful. Unfortunately, his life was immediately taken away by a fatal murder that raised Jones’ essence back to heaven. Giving this account to his son meant that Coates wanted him to understand that his own race is unjustly targeted as violent beings. The fact that one of his valued friends was murdered because one white individual claimed that he felt endangered in his presence was repulsive towards Coates. This memory scorned his perception of reality of society in that he repeatedly reasoned himself that they have a negative perception towards black
The same thing seemed to have occurred for Ishmael, in the sense that his family was killed. He wanted to seek revenge for those who had inflicted the terrible occurrence upon him and his family. Before he was angry though, he went through a phase of being upset. When his family had first passed away, he even told himself: “I didn’t care. I wanted to see my family, even if that meant dying to be with them” (Beah 96).
The punishment given by Odysseus to the wooers that had overrun his kingdom during his absence was death. I believe there were many reasons he was justified for his actions. Odysseus knew he could not just return home and claim his kingdom after all these years and with all of the things that were happening. There were many wooers that were no good, arrogant and deceitful and only there to claim his wife and home without any regard for the kingdom. There were even plans made by one, Antinous, to kill Telemachus, their son due to his heir to the throne.
One saying that has been passed down from generation to generation is that war is always unjust and cruel. The story, My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, shows how one family was dragged into the war and split apart by it. The Meeker family experienced the unfairness of war by losing friends and family and their business suffering. War is unfair for a number of reasons. One of them is how it drags people into it.