Compare And Contrast Okonkwo And Things Fall Apart

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People say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, centers around a man named Okonkwo who despises his late father. The story takes place in an African village during the 1800s. Okonkwo strives to be everything his father, Unoka, wasn’t. The entire village saw Unoka as a man who was lazy and unsuccessful. Okonkwo grew up with the mentality that his father had no redeeming qualities. Now a grown man, Okonkwo hates everything his father was and strives to be everything he wasn’t. However, while they are essentially polar opposites, Okonkwo and Unoka’s lives have a few parallels. Both Okonkwo and Unoka are stubborn in their own ways, are well known throughout the village, and have dysfunctional relationships with their sons. Okonkwo is a man who has to have things his own way. In the novel, there is a scene where his second wife, Ojiugo, did not make him his afternoon meal. Okonkwo, in an act of anger, started to beat his wife heaviley. His other two wives begged for him to stop beating Ojiugo, as it was the Week of Peace, a sacred Igbo holiday. However, “...Okonkwo was not the man to stop beating somebody half-way through, not even for fear of a goddess” (Achebe 30). Despite believing that he may be punished by a god, Okonkwo did not stop beating his wife. Unoka was a more compassionate man than Okonkwo, he was also stubborn. Unoka was lazy and fiscally irresponsible. He spent what little money he had on alcohol and didn’t

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