When Okonkwo first returns back from his exile and hears the news of the white man in Umuofia, his anger increases that no one is trying to fight them. Even after his friend Obierika tells him about how the village Abame was destroyed by similar white missionaries Okonkwo simply thinks “Abame people were weak and foolish. Why did they not fight back...We would be cowards to compare ourselves to the men of Abame” (175). Okonkwo 's aggression blinds him to the dangers of rebelling against the white man, that he is willing to risk the destruction of his whole village just to satisfy his ideology of respecting his religion. As seen when Enoch rips off one of the masks of the tribesmen during an Igbo ritual, Okonkwo and some other angry village men go and seek revenge for the sacrilegious act.
The Ibo people decided to ban them from the quarry, streams and markets, which made a tremendous amount of the missionary followers believe they were trying to ruin them just like one of them say “ They want to ruin us. They will not allow us into the markets”(pg.160). Even though the division between the cultures is already deep it doesn 't stop there. The
“He was a man of action and war (Achebe 10).” When it’s percieved too late to change the course of events, the tragic hero Okonkwo recognizes his flaws and gains sympathy from the audience. Okonkwo had much to deal with such as white missionaries in his village and even his own family. One of Oonkwo’s biggest fears was “being thought weak (Achebe 61)” and feminine. His self-worth couldn’t afford the loss of his dominance so after the killing of a clansmen “He could not return to the clan after 7 years (Achebe 124)”. He eventually ended it all when “They came to the tree in which his body was hanging (Achebe
as an instance, Okonkwo shoots one of the messengers who're sent by the missionaries to interrupt up their meeting (Achebe 144). He does this due to the fact he is uninterested in the white missionaries and the energy of authority they have claimed over their village. although it isn't always the great decision to be taken with the aid of him, it's miles understandable why he does it. as an alternative they let the alternative messengers break out and sit lower back and watch the missionaries take general control in their territory. it could be argued that this is the case due to the fact their hostility, whether on a smaller scale
His father has nothing going for himself he’s lazy and don’t want to be nothing in life. Okonkwo just wants to be respected by his clan but being like his father isn’t going to get him respect. When Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna he felt bad and had a guilty conscious from that day on. He wouldn’t eat nor drink he would be too depressed to do anything. All he has been doing is worrying about Ikemefuna and how he felt bad.
Lastly, near the end of the book the white missionaries had essentially invaded the Ibo tribe and its religion. Okonkwo after “heading back to Umuofia” (Achebe 171) was not really acknowledged or awaited for his return to Umuofia. He was seen as an unsympathetic person when he left and so much had changed that he was now just like any other person. Okonkwo did not like what the white missionaries were up to to say the least. After talking to the commissioner in a heated conversation Achebe writes, “Okonkwo 's machete descended twice and the man 's head lay beside his uniformed body” (Achebe 185) thinking that this act would have the other tribe members in the fight with him.
He loved him like a son until, “Yes, Umuofia has decided to kill him. The Oracle of the Hills and the Caves has pronounced it... But I want you to have nothing to do with it. He calls you his father" (57). Okonkwo still went because he was strong headed and did not want to be looked upon as weak.
This is exactly what happened to Obierika when the colonists came, when he did nothing besides prove that just thinking about things won’t change anything. Obierika had multiple moral qualms about his native Igbo culture. They would kill or exile innocent people in the name of pleasing their land’s gods. This first showed when Okonkwo, his best friend, asked Obierika why he had not come along to kill Ikemefuna, the sacrifice boy from another village. “Because I did not want to….
He wanted to defeat the British in every way but he had lost the support and respect of his clansman because of his actions. Without the help and support of his village he knew he wasn’t going to be able to defeat the British alone and he was defeated in the end. So much had changed so quickly in his life and everything had just got the best of him. He committed suicide and that was very disgraceful just like the same type of death his father suffered. Okonkwo is the protagonist and tragic hero of this story.
Okonkwo killed himself because he knew that he couldn 't beat this new Christian culture that was rising rapidly within his village. The realization of the new culture undermining the manly clan and himself caused a shift in Okonkwo as seen in chapter 21 when he "mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking up and falling apart… who had so unaccountably become soft like women", yet according to the book Okonkwo had never ushered a tear before. Okonkwo came to a devastating reality that he couldn 't defeat his enemies and if you cannot defeat your enemies you are seen as weak according to the ways of the village. Thus the internal conflict that he was going to be like his father proved dominant. To know that all the work and sacrifices he made to be as manly as he possibly can be was being diminished by these 'weak ' white men was enough to drive him to
“‘Never kill a man who says nothing. Those men of Abame were fools. What did they know about the man?’”(Achebe 140). This results to fear is destructive is because the result of this action results in the white man killing the Clan of Abame. This is destructive as you don’t want something to to control your life actions.