Things Fall Apart

What is the "irony" in this novel

There is "irony" in this story ... how do I describe it?

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The Irony has to do with Okonkwo's rise and demise in his society. The fact that a once powerful and influential man could end up hanging himself is tragic. In a sense this is almost tragic irony. We can see Okonkwo's fall as he refuses to handle change. The coming of the white men causes a permanent change in the fabric of his culture. We know that Okonkwo will not be able to handle this.