Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Things Fall Apart Fear is an emotion that is triggered by a threat or a perceived threat. During this time, one’s body prepares to fight or take flight in response to this trigger. Fear can be crippling to those that let it consume and change them. The character Okonkwo, from the novel Things Fall Apart is a man that allows fear to consume him. His entire life is dominated by the anxiety of failure and weakness. He is so afraid of failing and becoming the man his father was, which leads him on a dark and narrow path. Okonkwo faces inconceivable experiences that defines who he is in society which ultimately leads to his downfall. Okonkwo is well-known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements (Onuemelukwe). The people in the surrounding villages see him as a hero. Okonkwo is respected for his hard work as an achieved warrior of the Umuofia clan. “Okonkwo worked daily on his farm from cock-crow until the chickens went to roost” (Achebe) and never seems to tire from his work. His three wives are not as strong and did not have the same amount of stamina; his children did not take after him either. Okonkwo uses techniques such as beating and nagging to try and change the poor work ethics of his family members (Achebe). “Okonkwo was not a cruel man, but his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.” Okonkwo wanted to be completely opposite of what his father was and live his whole life being

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