With a father like Unoka, Okonkwo didn’t get the start as most young men in the village; however, he worked his way to the position of leadership of the clan. There was only one emotion that Okonkwo showed, and it was anger. This was his only emotion because it was how he expressed his feelings. Okonkwo had to leave his fatherland, but after returning home, he found his home unrecognizable. Okonkwo wanted to get revenge against the white man for imprisoning him and the other leaders, but no one in the clan supported his
Nathan isn’t very effective in his teaching because he comes at problems head on with an iron fist instead of being understanding, compassionate, and caring for the Congolese. In return, the Congolese reject Christianity and fall back on their own religion. One of the main Congolese that rejects Nathan’s search for justice is the chief of the village, Tata Ndu. " Tata Ndu feels that bringing the Christian word to these people is leading them to corrupt ways." (Kingsolver 129)
Everything Nwoye thought was morally right contradicted his fathers believes, so Okonkwo completely disowned his son and cut all ties after attempting to kill him. As a result, Nwoye moved in with the Christians and was able to escape his father 's abuse and controlling attitude. He was also able to escape from a faith that didn’t support his morals. Conclusion: How did the character develop Although much of the Ibo population reacted negatively to the forced Westernization of Nigeria, a number of people, such as Nwoye, accepted and benefited from the new religion.
At first Okonkwo resents Ikemefuna because he is a weak, feminine boy. As the book progresses however their relationship grows and their relationship becomes more of a father son relationship. Before things fall apart, Ikemefuna is ordered to be killed. Strictly advised by Ogbuefi Ezudu, Okonkwo is to not take part in the killing of Ikemefuna. Although told not to, Okonkwo’s heedless ears ignored the advice and went forth to killing Ikemefuna.
This is evidence of Okonkwo’s denial of the breakup with his tribe. Often when a person is in denial they will refuse to be comforted, deceiving themselves into believing that they do not need comfort
Towards the end of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo decided to take his own life due to the changes in his tribe caused by the white missionaries. This makes it harder to distinguish if the colonists were responsible for Okonkwo’s death and the diminishing of the Ibo Tribe. However, these colonists are gradually pushing an agenda to the Igbo people where Okonkwo is critical against. The collision between two separate beliefs causes various conflicts occurring in Things Fall Apart that eventually causes Umuofia to fall apart. This undermines Okonkwo’s drive to succeed in traditional terms and his desire to be a leader in his tribe.
All that Okonkwo has done is his life is try to achieve more, but when he doesn 't learn to adapt he causes thing to fall apart. As an example, when Okonkwo refuses to listen to the missionaries in chapter twenty-four the messenger said, ‘“The white man whose power you know too well has ordered this meeting to stop.”’ Because Okonkwo never feared the missionaries when he should have he made the fatal mistake that caused him to take his own life.
The relationship talked about the most in the book is between Okonkwo and his father, Unoka. Okonkwo’s greatest fear is that he would become like his father, who was lazy, afraid of war, a musician who didn’t work, and didn’t support his family. Bottom line: Okonkwo has no respect for his father simply because he was what Okonkwo called agabala, meaning woman. This relationship affected Okonkwo’s life greatly considering that is what his life revolved around.
When Okonkwo kills the messenger who tells them to stop their meeting, Okonkwo knew, “that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape. They had broken into tumult instead of action”(205). If the people of the Igbo tribe had come together to fight to protect themselves, they could’ve gone to war with the Imperialists, and even be able to have a chance at winning. But the missionaries had made the Igbo people so disordered that they could not come together in the name of protecting their tribe.
This springs a collision between Okonkwo and Nwoye. Nwoye wants to become Christian and Okonkwo does not approve of what the white men introduced to the Ibo culture. There were other people in the clan like Okonkwo that went against their faith and claimed that everything the Christians believe in was false. Nwoye knows his father has a bad temper and so when Okonkwo found out that he wanted to convert, Nwoye knew that it would cause conflict, and Okonkwo would want to kill him. " Answer me," roared Okonkwo, "before I kill you!"
The use of these literary devices flashback, imagery, foil, and symbolism in the novel " Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe help demonstrate the way that Okonkwo, and the Umofian culture defines masculinity and femininity. These devices help define masculinity and femininity through the characters in the novel, and how they explain the way that the differences of people have masculinity, and femininity. Chinua Achebe uses the flashback device to help define masculinity and femininity in the way that looking back on your past can either break you down, or build you up. When Achebe writes " Unoka, the grown up, was a failure" (Achebe 5) this helps define masculinity in Okonkwo because he is the strongest man in his village, and that is nothing like what his father Unoka is like. Unoka was a very lazy and poor man, and Okonkwo was very strong.
EA 3.2 Literary Analysis: character analysis Cultural collisions happen everywhere especially in today's life. Not only did in happen in the past but it also happens in today's society. In things fall apart, a whole lot of cultural collisions occur between the ibo culture and the missionaries that came to their land. Nwoye, okonkwo's son gets abused by his father because he went to the Christian church and they were getting in between all the people of the Ibo culture. Cultural collisions cause different types of challenges and reactions people face based on the collisions.