Examples Of Masculinity In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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From an early point in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe it is found that Okonkwo had thoughts that he was going to do great things one day. Pulling away from what his family was, primarily his dad, “Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children had barely enough to eat” (Achebe, 5), Okonkwo knew he needed to make a new name for himself and the generations to come. Growing a large sense of strength and manliness lead to being a well respected higher-up member of the Umuofia clan. As these qualities of Manliness and Strength develop throughout Okonkwo’s life it shows both the highs and lows of his life and it can give us a better picture into the lives of our current American Leaders.

Starting from an early age,
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Many of our leaders need certain character traits in order to take over a high leadership position. A big quality many of them acquire over time is being able to show strength in their position of power, and not falling under the pressure that it might come with. Okonkwo had shown qualities like this taking it to the extreme knowing that he “...saw himself taking the highest title in the land” (Achebe, 172). Many of our leaders can use these qualities to help them, as it helped Okonkwo rise to the top, it can help them too. Current leaders should take something away from the story of Okonkwo knowing that the correct use of Strength and Masculinity can help them to advance in leadership…show more content…
Abusing the qualities he had built up really lead him to essentially fall apart under pressure. He began to pay to much attention to how good of a leader he could be and not focusing enough on just living life. It had started when the Christians came over; he knew that the leadership position he was once in would be no more. Okonkwo payed a big price for his actions and couldn't take it any more. The people of his village had walked in to see“... Okonkwo’s body was dangling, and they stopped dead” (Achebe, 207). The large emphasis on manliness took Okonkwo to his highest point in his life then rapidly brought him down. Okonkwo’s life was full of change, since he put such priority on Strength and Manliness it showed the highs and lows of his life allowing us to see how our current leaders might be handling certain
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