Okonkwo Character Analysis

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In the development of Okonkwo’s character, he a hard time coping with the fear of being a failure and weakness and knowing himself although he continue to make bad choices. “The wife who had been beaten murmured something something about guns that never shot. Unfortunately for her, Okonkwo heard it and ran madly into his room for the loaded gun, ra out again and aimed at her as she clambered over the dwarf wall of the barn. He pressed the trigger and there was loud report accompanied by the wail of his wives and children. He threw down the gun and jumped into the barn, and there lay the women, very much shaken and frightened but quite unhurt. He heaved a heavy sigh and went away with the gun.”(Chapter 4,pg.28) Despite, the fact Okonkwo tried to kill his wife at one smart remark, he was in a fury. However, Okonkwo says he doesn’t want to be like his father and have weakness, although beating your wife makes him lesser than a man; weak. I think that beating a woman is weak,especially over a weak point and during “The Week of Peace”. “But his whole life he was dominated by fear,the fear of failure and of weakness”-- “It was the fear of himself,lest he should be found to resemble a father. Even as a little boy he had resembled his father’s failure and weakness.”(Chapter 2,pg.10) When will Okonkwo stop letting his dad leave a mark in his life to bring back old memories and worries? It may hurt him in many ways where he can’t control what he do/say, but it’s time for him to

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