Fate vs. Free Will

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In Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart”, the issue of fate over free will lingers over the Umuofia clan. Social status and wealth determine a person’s fate, but with sheer force and hard work, they can change their luck. Okonkwo’s determination to succeed collides with his fate, ending his life by committing suicide. Through the novel, we find that Achebe’s characters determine whether fate or free will play a great role in our own future. Okonkwo’s fate is determined through his own free will of actions. Okonkwo’s fear of being like his father leads him to work harder for his fame and wealth. Okonkwo’s manliness brings him to fame and because of his determination to be different from his lazy father; he shows no emotion other than anger. To Okonkwo, free will is what he believes in; your actions attribute to your own fate and can change depending on your determination. In the Umuofia clan, to change your luck, you must work hard through all odds; Okonkwo’s sheer will to change his fate of being like his father takes Okonkwo’s emotion. His free will influences his destiny but ultimately; Okonkwo faces the terrible realization that his fate takes over his determination. Achebe believes that fate will always come around because of your free will of actions. Because of Okonkwo’s suicide and the Umuofia clan converting to Christianity, Achebe describes his characters to be naturally going with their destiny. Through Okonkwo, he tells us that our free will leads us to our fate, good or bad. Achebe’s belief that fate is over free will always be around no matter how much free will you have. Umuofia clan’s belief that you can change your luck through hard work emphasizes Achebe’s belief because it is ironic that the clan believes in changing your fate through free will, but the hard work and determination you put into changing your luck leads you back to your actual

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