Reader Response: Things Fall Apart

In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is a character whose primary goal is to be as various from his dad as possible. Unoka, Okonkwo’s father was a weak guy, he was lazy and owed cash to most people in the town. Okonkwo on the other hand, was a guy of fantastic success, he was brave and well appreciated.

He also had a temper and was feared by many. “Okonkwo ruled his home with a heavy hand. His better halves, particularly the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery mood, therefore did his little children”, (Things Break Down, 13). But why was Okonkwo like this?

He thought this behaviour made him look brave and brave in everybody’s eyes. Okonkwo’s fear of being like his dad in any method, was greater than his fear to the gods, his respect for his town and whatever else that surrounded him. He likewise thought his chi determined his fate and misfortune, however the bad luck was not due to his chi, however his severe worry of not being that brave man he wants everybody to see him as, his fear of failing and being more like his dad. Okonkwo believed he had a troublesome chi, and blamed his bad luck on it.

Whenever things went well and he had good fortune his pride was on himself, however when things went wrong he blamed it on his chi. In the next passage he questions his son Nwoye: “Why, he sobbed in his heart, should he, Okonkwo, of all individuals, be cursed with such a boy? He saw clearly in it the finger of his individual god or Chi. For how else could he describe his terrific misery and exile and now his despicable son’s behavior? “, (Things Fall Apart, 152). However it is him and his massive pride who eventually determines his destiny.

When Okonkwo is notified by Ogbuefi Ezeudu, that the oracle has actually decreed that Ikemefuna passed away, he specifically informs Okonkwo not to participate in his death. But en route to Ikemefuna’s house town, a man attacks him with his machete, and Ikemefuna goes to Okonkwo, however he doesn’t wish to appear like a weak male in front of others and cuts him down. Since Okonkwo did not take the advice of his elders and participated in Ikemefuna’s death he is considered a sinner in Igbo culture. He is so concentrated on not being looked as weak that he will rather disobey his beliefs and his tribe’s laws.

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