The novel “things fall apart” is about the fatal demise of Okonkwo and the igbo culture of Umuofia. Okonkwo is well known and respected leader in his community, who is successful in everything he does, such as wrestling and farming. He is quick with his hands and takes pride in his accomplishments. Okonkwo’s family relationship makes him a sympathetic character because of his support and an unsympathetic character because of his cruelty. In many ways Okonkwo showed that he had no sympathy for others , However at times he could be sympathetic.
In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams, he was already a great man for his age. Unoka, his father, had died ten years ago, was lazy and improvident and was in alot of debt and was a failure. Nwoye, Okonkwo’s first son, was twelve years old and was lazy, he starting to be like his grandfather. Okonkwo’s biggest flaw is the fear of becoming like his father and to becoming unsuccessful and less of a man.
One way the author critiques the dominant narrative about Okonkwo is by showing how he tries to cover up his feelings in order to show that he is big and bold. For example on page 61 “Okonkwo drew his machete and cut Ikemefuna down. He was afraid of being thought weak.” This emphasizes how Okonkwo was trying to cover up how he really felt about Ikemefuna.
Okonkwo In literature, there are many characters that stand out and show that they have a variety of qualities about them. In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is one character that presents character traits from both the negative and positive sides of him. Okonkwo is portrayed to be a warrior who wanted to become somebody strong and looked up to, but also possesses less favorable qualities. He, however, does not let any one trait dictate his whole personality; he is written to be a well-rounded character.
In this novel,”Things Fall Apart” Chinua Achebe uses symbolism to help connect foreign concepts to explain central themes and ideas. There are many symbols throughout the book,three of the most easily recognized symbols in “Things Fall Apart” are yams,fire,and locusts. Each object has a more deeper meaning then they were thought to have. Each of these objects come up repeatedly through the book because the author is trying to tell us that they don 't just have that one meaning. Yams are symbols of masculinity, wealth, and strength in this novel.
Rick Godwin once said, “One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain”. In the novel “Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo resists changes when the british missionaries arrive and it causes conflicts throughout the novel. His defiance, warrior-like, manliness behavior leads him to his suicide when he realizes change sometimes can not be controlled. Okonkwo’s nobility and prosperity is revealed through his success and leadership within the clan. Aristotle stated in “On Tragedy” that “He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous.”.
Many people experience conflicts everyday. There are many types of conflict. Man versus man is the most common conflict people experience. You can either react in a good way or in a bad way. People that react to conflict in a negative way affect others in a negative way, and people that react to conflict in a positive way affect people in a negative way.
Merit is the idea of earning or “being worthy” of something that someone has done for the greater good for themselves. With merit this initials the responsibility, leadership, and possibly even the hardship that comes along with it. We, as a class, have just recently finished reading the novel “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. Achebe takes us through the lives of the Igbo people, but most importantly the life of Okonkwo; the protagonist of the novel who we really come to understand and feel for. We are currently reading “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Things Fall Apart tells the story of an African man named Okonkwo. His life is heavily affected by his interactions with his three wives and multiple children. However, it is most affected when a boy from a neighboring tribe, named Ikemefuna, is sent to live with him. Through Okonkwo’s interactions with Ikemefuna and the other members of his household, we learn how Okonkwo is seen and identified a sympathetic character. One of Okonkwo’s main goals for himself is to not be like his father.
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe exposes a tragic figure, Okonkwo who possesses tragic flaws that eventually lead to his own downfall hence; it categorizes Okonkwo as a tragic hero. As Aristotle defines, “tragic hero is a noble man that displays tragic flaw or hamartia”. A tragedy will frequently promote the feeling of deep condolence towards the tragic hero because it often ends deadly. The protagonist character, Okonkwo embrace the absolute fit of tragic hero. He performs fatal flaw and banishes on behalf of it only to come back seven years later in a complete disappointment.