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Things Fall Apart Chapter 1 Analysis

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This character appears all throughout the book. Okonkwo was a famous wrestler who didn’t really enjoy his father. It all starts in Chapter 1, where it described Okonkwo being a wrestler with a poor Father, named Unoka. Unoka was really poor, when Okonkwo was famous. Okonkwo didn’t like this, so he didn’t talk to his father much. Later his father got a sickness and died. Okonkwo kept living his life normally after this.

He also had three wives, and a son named Ikemefuna, who he later was forced to kill. Okonkwo didn’t want to do this, infact, someone else said that they felt a “Snapping” inside of them when Ikemefuna died.
“As the man who had cleared his throat drew up and raised his machete, Okonkwo looked away. He heard the blow. The pot fell and broke in the sand. He heard Ikemefuna cry, "My father, they have killed me!" as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear,
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That was Okonkwo’s first committed violence, and he tried not to do anymore, but he failed. He kept doing more and more violence as the story went on, such as beating his wife during the Week of Peace, when that week is going on, there is supposed to be no violence going on. After Okonkwo realized that it was the week of peace, he still continued to beat his wife, he didn’t stop because he was really angry. He was so angry, he even beat one of his wives for picking apples from a tree.

Okonkwo kept committing violence over and over, when some of the times he didn’t mean to do it. For example, when he had a gun, it went off and pierced Ezeudu’s son’s heart. Okonkwo was in a clan at that time, and was banned from it for 7 years. After the 7 years went past, Okonkwo hasn’t committed any violence. He came across this Commissioner who didn’t give respect to anyone.

In conclusion, Okonkwo is a really good character. He isn’t the hero nor Villain in the story. He is in the middle, he committed violence but still did good things for
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