The Most Masculine Man In the story Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe portraits Okonkwo, the main character, as a symbol of masculinity. His strong hatred toward his lazy father Unoka, Okonkwo adopts a extreme ideal of masculinity and strives him to achieve a title of strongest man. “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements. ” (1) Okonkwo’s ideal of becoming productive, wealthy, and strong defines the word “masculinity” used in Things Fall Apart.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
Okonkwo fears becoming like his father, an agbala. The effect of this is beneficial for Okonkwo. The way he turns out makes him a great man and because of this, he obtains the third highest title in his tribe. He got power through his ideals. He also obtains fame through the Igbo culture.
Being Baba’s son was complicated for Amir as he spends too much time trying to make him proud. Baba always wanted more from Amir. That is where Hassan comes in play. Hassan was Ali’s son, they both were servants and of Baba. Baba really appreciated Ali and had a special treatment with Hassan.
The new identity that he built was shown to the village as a rich powerful warrior with many titles. Although he maintained and built up this new identity the person that he was remained inside of him by controlling who the new identity. The new identity was purely driven by the opposite of the original one, and in order to maintain that identity Okonkwo kept on noticing the Unoka’s characteristics. Once Okonkwo was banished to Mbanta he lost everything that he had worked hard to earn all his titles and his land. “His life had been ruled by a great passion”, the drive from being unlike Unoka set Okonkwo’s goal “to become one of the lords of the clan” but because of him being expelled he couldn’t “[achieve] it” (131).
Things Falling Apart by Chinua Achebe is a novel set in the 1800s reflecting the Igbo culture and how the African society used to be. This novel is based on the story of the character Okonkwo and how his actions represented the Nigerian society and its ethics. Achebe used the character of Obierika to demonstrate that rationality was not usually recognized by a society and the people in power were always the decision-makers. An Igbo society where irrationality, close-mindedness and one’s unwillingness to adapt, was a stark contrast created by the author when comparing Okonkwo to his best friend Obierika. This shows how we as humans never listen to the voice of reason and priority is always given to the ones holding a certain status in the society.
Introduced as a strong and respected man, Okonkwo starts as such, but throughout the book many of his choices lead him down a path of tragic events. He is part of the Ibo society and culture, the native African culture of the story, which praises strength and masculinity while dejecting vulnerability and femininity from its men. The overarching theme in the novel Things Fall Apart is that clinging to strong devotions can cause one’s life to fall apart, exemplified through Okonkwo’s conflicts with himself, Ibo society, and Christian society. Okonkwo was devoted to suppressing his fears, leading him to make choices that shattered him. An instance of this is when Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna, who was basically his adoptive son and whom he had grown very fond of but had been sentenced to death, “dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him [Ikemefuna] down.
He says, "I have done my best to make Nwoye grow into a man, but there is much of his mother in him . "(Achebe, 66). Therefore, Okonkwo asks Nwoye to quit listening to his mother's womanly stories and hear the tales of war. It is only when Ikemefuna arrives that Nwoye begins to behave masculine. After much training, Okonkwo is pleased with Nwoye’s changed behaviour and for this, he credits Ikemefuna.
Because Okonkwo fits four out of the five criteria of a tragic hero, he is a tragic hero. Because he was a successful leader and farmer and he earned this success without any help, Okonkwo is better than ourselves. According to the book, Okonkwo “neither inherited a barn nor a title, nor even a young wife.” (18) Despite the fact that he came from a failure of a father, Okonkwo managed to become wealthy and successful. Because of his anger, and his fear of being thought weak, Okonkwo was vulnerable. His anger made him do things without thinking, which could end up harming him.
A Raisin in the Sun To be prideful is human nature, even when it hasn't been earned. Being proud of who you are and what you have accomplished is an important part of everyone's life, but sometimes we are prideful without something to be proud of. This kind of pride is shown in the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry through the character Walter Younger. He enters the play with a false sense of pride in being a man, despite the fact that he is a chauffeur who is struggling to support his family. Throughout the plot, he struggles with acceptance of his social status and economical situations, but ends up achieving true fulfillment in simply being proud of who he and his family are as people with aspirations.
In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, being love for each character is the most important on their lives. The love could heart but it is a necessary component of life, and no matter what it takes to get there, it is completely worth it. The Fukú and the Zafa used in this book help to the reader understand the main and important theme. All have a beginning and an end, Trujillo a powerful man who made not only goo buildings to his country, but also he made them suffer. He abuses of his dictatorship by forcing people to his side no matter if it results in being painful to them.