the differences between the two friends.
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Obierika is one of the few real friends that Okonkwo has. Most other men fear Okonkwo too much to be frank with him. Obierika offers reasonable counterpoints to Okonkwo’s immediate passions. Okonkwo acts rashly and Obierika at least gives Okonkwo pause to think about other options. In some ways Obierika's intellect and compassion makes him a character foil to Okonkwo's lack of empathy and headstrong violence.