Throughout Okonkwo’s youth, he had a very troubling life. His father, Unoka, was a failure in every sense of the word. Unoka was a drunk and had an enormous amount of debt to his name that he never paid back. The only things that Okonkwo's father had going for him was his music. He was a tremendous flute player and that's all he really was known for other than being a poor, cowardly
In the novel Things Fall Apart, strength and pride are very important aspects of the main character, Okonkwo, however, these traits may sound like excellent traits to possess but because of the way he was raised, Okonkwo harbours many of his emotions under an outer shell of violence, strength and pride. His traits can be shown by looking at where he has come from in his life, for example, Okonkwo has acquired a large amount of wealth in his life because of his hard work and dedication which he also puts towards his family, unfortunately, his family also suffers greatly because of this due to Okonkwo’s high expectations of his children and his violent ways when they do not live up to them. Secondly, Okonkwo possesses hidden emotions that
We take a look at his personality and see that he had a warrior complex and machismo. For example in the novel on page 158 paragraph six it says “let us not reason like cowards.” His warrior complex turns everything he does like a battle plan. He wants there to be a fight or else they are not doing it right. Okonkwo’s machismo makes everyone else who is not like him not a man. In the book we see this on page 26 paragraph two “this meeting is for men.” He did not want to listen to the man because he was not well known like him and he did not have as many titles as okonkwo did. Both of these traits aided in the way he responded to the new culture.
He wanted to show that he was not like his father in any way. His father was a poor, lazy, man whom he didn't respect at all. Okonkwo gained respect through being a clansman. The clansmen were the law making body of the village, which everyone had obeyed. They enforced rules and laid down punishment.
Okonkwo’s response to my evidence is that he that he doesn’t want to show weakness, but his culture pressures him into it and basically forces him to kill a boy who he felt was a son to
Above all Okonkwo was stuborn. Once Okonkwo had his mind set on somthing, he never deviated from it. " If you split another yam that size I shall break your way... Inwardly Okonkwo knew that the boys were still to young to understand fully the difficult art of preparing seed yams. But he thought one could not begin to early." (Achebe 33) He thought that by changing his mind, he was showing weakness. If he showed weakness then he thought he would be considered worthless just like his father. "He had Just sent Okonkwo 's
In my opinion, Okonkwo was kind of confused he didn’t know if he wanted violence or not. Okonkwo was sometimey he felt bad when he accidently killed the little boy. Also, if you think about it he was mad because the white people came and took over so he couldn't be a leader and it made him want to kill them because they was ruining what he had going on. He is not a very violent person but the fact these people came to his place and took over made him
Okonkwo thought of himself as a strong and fierce man that could do whatever he set his mind to… that was before his 7 year exile. During his 7 year stay in Mbanta Okonkwo immediately didn’t like them and wanted to rid
There are many different things in Things Fall Apart but some of those things are valued more than others by people. This is introduced in page 37 when Okonkwo decides to not assist the feast but decides to stay and work on his farm . In addition to prefering the farm over the festival Okonkwo values his reputation over his love for his foster child, Ikemefuna.
A normal person would try to change and adapt to conformity, but as he always did Okonkwo turned his fear into violence. Okonkwo has social intelligence, he knew what people thought of him was important. Unfortunately, Okonkwo cared way too much about what people thought of him. He was scared that others would see him as weak. He wants to be seen as a strong, successful man, anything else is not good enough.
As stated in Chapter Two on pages 13 to 14, Okonkwo ruled his household with a hand so heavy that his entire family lives in perpetual fear of his fiery temper and impatience. Okonkwo is a very rash person and, when in a fit of rage, does not think about the consequences of his actions, which inadvertently leads him to his own downfall. In committing these actions, it is not ludicrous to believe that Okonkwo will later receive consequences due to the immorality of these actions.
But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.” Many people believed that Okonkwo was such a cruel man because of the wall that he put up. This affected his family because he still continued to act tough with his wives and most of his kids, there was only one of his children that saw his soft side and that was Emzina, his daughter. He also thought a lot about one of the people he killed, which showed that he wasn’t the tough guy that everybody thought he was, but no matter what he refused to show any signs of weakness to avoid being like his