Everything Okonkwo is doing is because he “was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness.” This indicates that everything Okonkwo is doing is because he is afraid Nwoye will turn out to be like
Women was treated poorly in Umuofia because men believe that they were weak and in inadequate. “ Even as a little boy Okonkwo had represented his father 's failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was Agbala. That was held first came to know that Agbala was only another name for a woman that also mean a man who had taken the title” Achebe 15. Okonkwo not only was verbally abusive to his wife, but was verbally abusive to his oldest child; Nwoye. Okonkwo mentally killed the woman, through his words and thoughts.
But Okonkwo goes anyway, which leads to him killing Ikemefuna because "He was afraid of being thought weak." Okonkwo was too proud to have stayed home and done the ethical thing. Okonkwo's pride is displayed throughout the entire book with his constant focus on strength and his fear of being thought of as a coward. Going from the beginning to the end, in chapter 24 Okonkwo kills a head messenger during a meeting. "He knew that Umuofia would not got to war.
His saying this shows that he is trying to stay brave despite his obvious fear. He also shows other emotions, like disgust, when he finds out that "game" General Zaroff is hunting. Unlike typical movie heroes, he shows emotions and acts like a relatively normal person in the situation, showing fear. In High Noon, Will Kane is also emotional, unlike many action movie protagonists. He asks that townspeople for help, whereas the typical hero would not ask for any help.
In paragraph 10 he quotes, “But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill your black brothers and sisters with impunity”. With great emotion, Dr. King speaks on his daughter and son not being able to do thing the white children could do. He wrote, “when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her
Moreover, phrases such as “cut” and “machete” are used in order to disseminate fear within the reader. Yet, the reader still feels a level of pity for Okonkwo. The pity is not only because of his tribe being whittled away to nothing, but also for the reality of what Okonkwo has become. His hamartia has consumed him up to the point where he is led to kill those closest to him without the slightest hint of
During a keynote address in which he was greeted by millions of English teachers, Villaseñor spoke with rage about his distaste for teachers, as if a tempest just struck him. In his explanation for his thoughts on seeing English teachers, he states his extreme rage and desire to kill all the teachers who are abusive to their pupils. According to Villaseñor, “It was like my heart and soul had leaped forward with so much hate and rage that I’d instantly wanted to kill! To scalp! To massacre!” (Villaseñor 21).
Why, I 've known some Bananafish to swim into a banana hole and eat as many as seventy-eight bananas” (Salinger). It is possible that Seymour went into to the war and was confronted with the murder and hatred that has never consumed him before. Thus, opening his eyes to the horrors of the world and could no longer recover, leaving him stuck in a hole. When a Bananafish gets stuck in a hole, they end up dying and according to Seymour, “They get banana fever. It’s a terrible disease” (Salinger).
As the old man quietly wept, the boy was yelling: If you don’t stop crying instantly, I will no longer bring you bread. Understood? (pg 63)” This boy like Elie lost his childhood too early and became cruel and evil through the horrors of the camps. Anne Frank, Jeanne Wakatsuki, and Elie Wiesel, all face different struggles as they were coming of age in the war and though different drastically, we can see how they all dealt with it and what it did to their lives. For Anne it meant death, but for survivors such as Jeanne and Elie, it meant facing a terrifying experience which for Jeanne meant feeling out a place in her own home and for Elie meant the loss of his family.