Okonkwo was one of the most famous and fearful member not only of his clan in Umuofia but other nine villages as well. He worked hard to become a renowned and prosperous member of his clan and to break away from the legacy of his father Okoye who was referred to as ‘agbala’, a man who has not won any title and was another word for woman. Okonkwo was not an evil man but his life was dominated by fear of weakness and failure which made him extremely violent and aggressive. He hated everything associated with his father- music, gentleness and laziness. But much to the anguish of Okonkwo, Nwoye embodied most of his grandfather’s traits and this enraged Okonkwo deeply.
Okonkwo is seen as a very painfully structured man and when something doesn't go according to his structure, it causes him to make irrational decisions. As seen in Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s death, we see a demonstration of his rash thinking. Okonkwo’s irrational decision - making, as well as his fear of being perceived as weak like his father drove him to kill Ikemefuna. If Ikemefuna has not been killed, then this would have prevented Nwoye from converting to Christianity. As seen “after the missionaries finished singing, Nwoye pondered about what he just heard, the hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul the question of Ikemefuna who died” (Achebe 128).
Throughout the story the boys are faced with many obstacles that they must overcome and they often change trying to overcome those challenges. One character that had many changes was Jack, which include being a choir boy leader to being a tribe leader, growing more dangerous and aggressive as the story went on, and having the urge to hunt more. The first way Jack changed in the book was he went from being an egotistical choir leader to a fierce tribe leader. As the boys were painting their faces Jack, “looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but an awesome stranger” (Golding, 1954, p. 63). This quote is taken from a part in the book where Jack is starting to gain more power and some boys were starting to paint their faces.
Ender faces external conflicts with Bonzo because Bonzo is jealous of Ender for succeeding at the Battle School. Ender deals with conflicts within himself because he feels he is becoming Peter, who is a terrible and ruthless person. Ender is a static character because his motivation is consistent throughout the whole book, he wants to win the Bugger War and defeat the Buggers. Peter is a dynamic character because he changes and his motivation changes throughout the book, from being ruthless to a compassionate person. Many leaders in the past and present are ruthless, an example of a ruthless leader could be Adolf Hitler because he had many people murdered.
Despite the fact that his status in the Umuofia tribe was high-ranked, his masculinity seems to bulldoze over the qualities that humanize him. In a section of Psychology & Behavioral Health Vol.2 about fear, the author states, “Fear is an unpleasant emotion that occurs in response to an immediate and identifiable threat, usually of an external nature ” (Moglia). While faced with conflict Okonkwo detects a threat and reacts. In several instances these reactions have caused him immense losses such as the death of his adopted son. Okonkwo's temper always manages to shine through, Things Fall Apart depicts this perfectly by stating, “It is not only Ikemefuna who feels fear… every nerve in Okonkwo tells him this is wrong, but when the moment comes, he kills his adopted son.” The inability for Okonkwo to be weak makes him solely cruel and with a weak father like Unoka he felt forced to adapt opposite ideals.
A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo shows the hard work and difficult tasks the men had to go through to prove themselves and protect their country. The war will change the men’s attitudes and the way they do everything. Men made sacrifices in the Vietnam War most people would never make in a lifetime, they will not just sacrifice but push themselves physically harder than most any other men. The men will also emotionally change from constantly watching other men die, or killing other men. The mens first kill was always the hardest for them, mentally they had so many thoughts of the other mans close ones back home and what they would go through and how it would be all their fault.
A final example that proves that Holden should be in a rest home is that he doesn’t have a healthy relationship with his peers. There are many reasons Holden should be in a rest home. Holden shows that he can’t function on his own as he doesn’t apply himself to his studies. Holden gets expelled out of many schools because he doesn’t apply himself like should be doing. Holden has been
Violence was much more powerful than we imagine not only because it led tremendous dis- aster, but also due to the deep impact on individuals. In the book of the Outsiders, the violence of Johnny’s family, the other greasers, and their opposing gangs, the Socials, strongly affected Johnny. The Violence of Johnny’s family impacts Johny’s natural instincts, which means that some of his characteristics were already fixed since he was born, and influenced him in daily life. Johnny grew up in a family without care, love, and understanding. From his parents, he barely gained the warmth of being in a complete family.
Government to these people. I would hate to be locked up in a camp. This is good and sad at the same time. It’s messed up how they lost their freedom because of War. A lot of Japanese didn’t like it there and it was only their own race put in camps as well.
These new beliefs negatively change Ibo society because it causes them to lose citizens and their civilization to lose power. Another example of how the white man’s arrival negatively impacts the Ibo people is because Achebe writes, “At first the clan had assumed that it would not survive. But it had gone on living and gradually becoming stronger. The clan was worried, but not overmuch. If a gang of efulefu (worthless man) decided to live in the Evil Forest, it was their own affair” (154).