This book follows the life of Okonkwo, a well-to-do tribesman who has worked hard for everything he owns. Okonkwois powered by his fear of weakness and his desireto represent strength. He shows little emotionto his family throughoutthe courseof the novel. As imperialism picks up in Europe, the white men begin to enter Africa to spread their ideas. Okonkwo, often the center of controversy, accidently kills one of the elders sons and is exiled for seven years. When he returns, the white men have seemingly changed the whole social order, something that he cannot stand.The book details his internal and personal struggle in the midstof great change. Ironically, his hardships get the best of him and he takes his own life in what is the strongest act of weakness.