Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

1005 Words Apr 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Saurav Dhungana
Term paper 2
ENGL 2309
Dr. Ana Savic
April 28, 2015
Unlike Father, Unlike Son

There are many father and son relationships depicted in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart set in the post-colonial era of 1958. Unoka is the father of the protagonist of the novel, Okonkwa. Secondly, Okonkwa is the father of a young boy named Nwoye. Throughout his novel, Achebe has masterfully portrayed how father and son relationships lead to things falling apart because a father’s behavior has a profound impact on their son 's upbringing and their behavior.
Unoka is an immoral dad and husband. He is lazy and serves as no use to anyone. He is always in debt, spends all his money on getting drunk, and can be seen partying with his tribal friends. He does not truly care about his family. Everyone in his tribes laughs at him and considers him as a failure. Additionally, he had shameful death and left many debts behind for his son to pay. On the contrary, Okonkwo, Unoka’s son, is a complete opposite to his father in their characteristics.
Unoka’s shameful and embarrassing life forced Okonkwo to change his life drastically. Unlike his father, Okonkwo is a hard worker and is the bravest of all his tribe members. He is always portrayed as strong-hearted man. Okonkwo worked hard to overcome the unbearable shame of his father leaving his family. He forced himself to live a highly masculine lifestyle to overcome his father’s image. In doing so, he dominated his wives and children’s…

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