fear in things fall apart

worry crazes fall apart

Living In Fear In Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, the primary character, Okonkwo’s life revolves around worry. Throughout the unique Okonkwo deals with a fear of becoming his dad and with a fear of not being respected throughout the village. Rather of overcoming his fears, Okonkwo lashes out and his worries dominate him and take control of his actions. Okonkwo thinks that his fear drives him to do better, but in truth he only worsens and turns into his daddy. Because Okonkwo was young, he constantly was scared that he was going to turn into a failure like his father, Unoka. In the town, Unoka s understood to not be able to look after his family and falling under financial obligation. Unoka’s bad credibility drives Okonkwo’s to fear being a bad father and being a disgrace to his household. “Possibly down in his heart Okonkwo was not a harsh man. But his whole life was dominated by worry, the fear of failure and of weak point. … Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these. It was not external but lay deep within himself. It was the fear of himself, lest he ought to be found to resemble his father. (pg. 13)” In this quote the phrase “Okonkwo’s fear was higher than these. It was not external but lay deep within himself.

It was the fear of himself, lest he should be discovered to resemble his father” stand out because they reveal that Okonkwo is genuinely scared of himself and of what he is capable. Okonkwo grew up watching his father stop working and bring nothing however embarassment upon his household. By seeing his daddy fail it motivates Okonkwo to fear himself, and to make sure that he becomes a responsible, decent guy. Another worry of Okonkwo’s is the fear of not being appreciated by the individuals in the village. To show to the people that he deserves their respect, Okonkwo becomes one of the best wrestlers in the illage to show to the people that he was excellent. “If every male deserved his success, that guy Okonkwo. At an early age he had actually achieved popularity as the best wrestler in all the land. That was not luck. At the most one might state that his chi or individual god was excellent. But the Ibo individuals have a saying that when a guy says yes his chi says yes also.” (chapter 4 pg. 27) In this quote the words “If every guy deserved regard that guy Okonkwo” stands apart since it reveals what will take place if Okonkwo continues to live and grief. Okonkwo’s fears control him and cause his actions towards the eople in the village and it affects their feelings towards him. Uchenudu thinks that Okonkwo belongs in motherland since he needs to be taken care of and comforted. “A male comes from his fatherland when things are great and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he discovers refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to secure you … But if you enable sorrow to weigh you down and eliminate you, they will all pass away in exile.” (chapter 14 pg. 134) Okonkwo’s actions lead Okonkwo to go to the motherland because he proves that he is unable to take care of his own household, because he is living in grief.

In this quote the sentence “However if you permit grief to weigh you down and eliminate you, they will all die in exile” sticks out due to the fact that it shows what will occur if Okonkwo continues to live in sadness, and pass away exiled from everyone in the town. When Okonkwo commits suicide all of his worries become recognized. Okonkwo hung himself since he believed that he lost all power and regard that he had actually acquired from individuals in the town, and he believed that he developed into his dad. “It is an abomination for a male to take his own life. It is an offense versus the Earth, and a male who commits it will not be buried by his clansmen.

His body is wicked and only complete strangers may touch it. “(chapter 25 pg, 207) Okonkwo’s death is considered an abomination since he killed himself and individuals in the village lost all regard for him. The people in the village think that he has ended up being a disgrace like his daddy because suicide is an abomination in the Igbo culture. Okonkwo thinks that his worries encourage him to end up being a better person however in truth his worries drive him to become worse and develop into a failure like his father. Okonkwo worries of becoming his dad and not being appreciated convince him to lash out and have an abominable death.

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