He tried so hard to be the opposite of his father. A weak, lazy, and unsuccessful man. So he started to hate everything his father loved. “Okonkwo was ruled by one passion - to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness(10).” As you can see, Okonkwo really never showed his kids and his children any kindness or gentleness.
As a child, Nwoye is the frequent object of his father's criticism and remains emotionally unfulfilled. Okonkwo, “wanted Nwoye to grow into a tough man capable of ruling his father’s household when he was dead and gone to join the ancestors”(38). When Nwoye finds out that it is Okonkwo who killed a “brother” who he is extremely fond of, and grows very close with, he loses all appreciation for Okonkwo and decides to go against his father and his cultures.
Although Okonkwo loses his temper with his wife and his father he treats them differently. He treats them differently because he doesn’t have any patience with his father, he never really did. He thought his father was a failure and really only cared about himself and Okonkwo didn’t like that his father was lazy and he didn’t do anything. Even though he was about to kill Ekwefi he doesn’t treat her like that all the time . He just lost his temper with her because he said that they killed his banana tree and he thought she deserved a
I can understand why he wouldn’t like his father. His father left him nothing behind, and Okwonkwo had to start from the beginning at a very young age. In the story, Okwonkwo is sympathetic and times, but he’s also unsympathetic at times. When it comes to his father, he’s sympathetics, because if my father had left me with nothing and left with the image he had i would be upset too. When your father is a failure, people expect you’ll be the same.
The hatred that he had for his father he carried with him throughout his whole life. That hatred turned into him killing Ikemefuna and the messenger. Ikemefuna was thought of as a son and he killed him in fear of being considered weak in front of his clan members. That weakness was thought of his weakness which was considered a failure. At the end of the story Okonkwo ends up being just like his father which is ironic because he strived to be nothing like him.
Along the influence from a leader, and consternation current in the people, more people started to join the Christianity and its government. These people lost their power to fight, Umuofia was not a village any more that practiced wrestling. They who’d taken up the foreign religion and claimed that its own religion was bad. This propose the clan losing agency as its people get drained to the Christianity. “ he has won our brothers, and clan no longer acts like one.” The Christians were adept people.
Okonkwo’s stubborn ideas of masculinity ruined his relationship with his son beyond repair. Okonkwo’s refusal to show emotion towards his family pushed them apart which shows that Okonkwo is not willing to give up his stern values and reputation to be emotionally committed to his family. Once again, Nwoye found peace away from his father when the Christian missionaries came to Mbanta, the motherland where Okonkwo and his family were exiled to. Nwoye converted to Christianity and escaped the force of his father in their household. Okonkwo, of course, didn’t support his son’s decision and was completely against Nwoye leaving behind the tradition the Okonkwo followed so deeply.
Nwoye didn't feel comfortable near his father but feared. He says that hope and compassion in Mr.Brown, was their main circumstances that caused Nwoye to convert as he seemed compassionate. The new God was to be feared but loved and Nwoye was not forced to listen to violent stories but ones about peace and the kingdom of God; this slowly influenced him to convert to Christianity. While the stories in the igbo was fearful and terrifying. But,there were mostly about
Okonkwo hated the missionaries with all of his heart. Naturally, when Nwoye found this out “[h]e dared not go too near the missionaries for fear of his father”(Achebe 54). This is yet another example of how Nwoye obeys when he is afraid. He didn’t go and get more knowledge about these missionaries because he was too terrified of his father to do
There is a breaking point where enough is enough and society responds in a negative action. From the establishment of Jack’s tribe, there were boys who refused to join within it. Including Samneric, Simon, Piggy and Ralph. However after Simon and Piggy’s death, there was little option rather than to join or either die like the other outcasts of the tribe. Ralph was targeted and therefore had no chance to join Jack’s tribe, regardless if he wished to or not.
Okonkwo plays as a classic tragic hero. His choice to completely be everything that his father wasn 't and be nothing that his father was, ultimately was his downfall. His tragic flaw is his fear of being like his father: weak and a failure. His violent and rash personality caused him to push away the ones he loved and be stripped of his position as one of the highest ranking men in his village. Achebe uses Okonkwo to show that one must always remain aware of himself and his actions on his way to obtain
At this part of the story Dave was trying to come tell him that his father had passed away in combat, but he was too afraid to hear him say the words that he didn 't let him and just beat Dave up. While reading the suspense of how badly the boys wanted to beat Dave up was a release of anger and fear, which is terrifying in the position of
He was afraid of being thought of weak”(61). This action that the narrator reveals to us, shows us that Okonkwo feels that he needs to kill Ikemefuna to prove his manliness. This is one example of a bad decision/action Okonkwo made because he was afraid of being thought of as weak. This action caused his son, Nwoye to
Elihu, a fourth person in the conversation, finally spoke after they all had, and rebuked the friends for neither answering Job’s questions nor comforting him in his trials. After that, God comes to Job out of a whirlwind, and questions Job. Job can’t answer any of these, for they are all showing God’s supreme might, power, and glory. It was to show Job that he is nothing compared to His Father. Job then responds with, “I am vile.” He realizes that his good is sinful and corrupt, and is nothing with the greatness of God.