Things Fall Apart and Death of a Salesman

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In both Things Fall Apart and Death of a Salesman, the authors address the theme of betrayal through textual evidence, both agree and conclude that the characters who submit to betrayal, are led to their demise. Okonkwo is a strong leader of his village who let his emotions get the best of him. He leads to violence to relieve his anger. Which eventually leads to the betrayal, he is exiled from his home. Willy Loman is a hardworking man who is getting to old for the job. He starts to lose it mentally and betrays his family, by cheating on his wife, and killing himself. In both novels, the main characters each die tragically by committing suicide. Nwoye is Okonkwo’s first child and he looks up to his father. Okonkwo is in front of men in the village and kills a little boy. He does this not to look weak in front other members of the clan, although the elders of the village say not to kill the boy. Meanwhile, Nwoye is in shock that Okonkwo kills the boy and reacts upset. “How is your father? Obierika asked, not knowing what else to say. “I don’t know he is not my father anymore” said Nwoye” (Achebe 144). Okonkwo fears his son Nwoye will be lazy, and therefore criticizes and beats him. Okonkwo does not want Nwoye to grow up lazy like Okonkwo’s father. Betrayal is showed because Okonkwo goes against the decision of the elders in the tribe and kills the boy. As a leader of the Igbo culture, Okonkwo cannot break laws and betray others due to his emotional decision making. More betrayal is showed when early conflict starts between the white Christian men, and the village members of Mbanta. The conflict starts because the villagers do not want to convert religions because of the government power. “Does the white man understand our custom about land?” “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have
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