Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s “whole life was dominated by his fear, the fear of failure and of weakness” (page 13). Achebe showed Okonkwo’s struggle with fear and strength throughout the novel. He was a great wrestler and warrior, and a great farmer of yams in Umofia. He was a hardworking and motivated man, unlike his father, who Okonkwo thought was lazy. Although the tribe viewed him as a strong and powerful leader, he struggled with inner fear. His life was dominated by fear. He lived in fear of being considered weak, being a failure, and being like his father. Although Okonkwo struggles with inner fear, he is also portrayed as a character with strength because he makes a living, supports his family, and is successful in his job. Chinua Achebe is proposing that strength is being superior to others without having to be violent, having titles, and not allowing fear to stop you from what you want to do. Okonkwo got his definition of what he considered to be weak from his father, Unoka. His father was “lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow” (Achebe, 4). Unoka borrowed money from many people and never paid them back and he did not even bring enough money in for his family to have enough food to eat and survive. Okonkwo saw the type of man that his father was and he wanted to be the opposite. He was embarrassed and ashamed of his father, which is why he did not want to be like him. Okonkwo thought that in order to be strong and powerful,…

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