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Okonkwo and Obierika

Okonkwo and Obierika, two characters in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, are two drastically different people, yet they share some of the same qualities and beliefs. Okonkwo is stubborn, headstrong, and rigid. Obierika is open-minded, thoughtful, and expressive. Both believe and follow the same religion, and attempt to attain honour in their society. They are friends that are not afraid to criticize one another or point out each other's faults. Chinua Achebe uses these two characters to show the many aspects of Ibo culture through different perspectives, to give the reader a greater understanding.

Okonkwo and Obierika, two friends could not be more different. They are like night and day or Yin and Yang. Okonkwo is very rigid, closed off, and unwilling to accept those he deemed unsuccessful, SHe had no patience for unsuccessful people. ...

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