Okonkwo has a very hard time with his firstborn Nwoye, he’s lazy and Okonkwo asks him to do chores first, but when he sees that he doesn’t, he starts to beat him. “Okonkwo’s first son, Nwoye, was causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness, so he sought to correct him by nagging him and beating him.” It may seem harsh but he never tolerated laziness. Due to his father, he hated the sight of laziness, which is why he’d never want to be like him, or have his kids turn out that way. “He had no patience for unsuccessful men. He had no patience for his father.” He saw Nwoye become lazy at times, which is why he was so harsh, because he doesn’t want him to be unsuccessful.
Within the novel “Things Fall Apart,” the author, Chinua Achebe, explained how a warrior named Okonkwo was a victim of himself. Okonkwo was a victim of tragic events that surrounded his life. These events eventually lead him to his fate. Okonkwo had a father who was weak, and he was a failure in the eyes of the men of the village, Umuofia. Okonkwo’s worst fear was to be the kind of man his father was, so he tried his best not to let his fear become a reality.
His hatred for his father has made him fear failure and weakness throughout the story. His fear of failure has brought him to his downfall. Okonkwo strives to be everything but his father. This is clear from the very beginning when it says, “He had no
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.
The rough family life brought him very close to his two sisters and his mother. John Stanley would not give John Wayne the appreciation he wanted, so he looked at every opportunity to make his father proud. His Congenital heart condition did not help this cause, but only made John Stanley more disappointed in his son. Though he once said he was “never good enough” for his father, John Wayne Gacy said he never
Odysseus is also a horrible father: Odysseus is absent from Telemachus’ life from birth, and when he does return, he manipulates his son for his benefit of his massive revenge scheme. Even after using his son, he still has competitiveness with him; he didn't let Telemachus shoot the arrow that would have led to Telemachus’ glory and a boost in self-confidence. There is also a connotation that Odysseus has a seed of doubt that a situation similar to Oedipus and Epicaste would happen to him because when he met Epicaste, her situation was described as “she shared in a monstrosity: she married her son. And she wed him after he killed his father”. The fact that Oedipus and Epicaste get married after he killed his father, Odysseus is probably worried that the same might happen to him.
From a very young age, Okonkwo makes a goal to be a powerful man, unlike his father. Okonkwo 's goal causes him to become an aggressive, power hungry, extremist in his culture and ostracizes him from his people because they can not understand his motives. Okonkwo 's fear of being like his father harbors an obsessive desire for power, which ultimately leads to his demise. Okonkwo 's fear of showing the weakness of his
During the book, Okonkwo hates his father who acts very feminine according to the Igbo definition. Okonkwo’s actions are primarily based on his fear of becoming like his father so he rejects all characteristics that his father had. Throughout the story, we learn about how things fall apart for Okonkwo. The story starts off with Okonkwo living a normal life, beating his wives and farming, but then Ikemefuna joins the family as a tribute from another village to avoid war. Okonkwo starts to grow fond of Ikemefuna as he also has a positive influence on Nwoye, his son, because Nwoye starts to act more masculine.
Many of the kids don’t want to be a normal average person but they are forced to by their family. Neil was one of those kids, his mother seemed to be somewhat on his side but never said anything to defend him, his father was very controlling and demanding that Neil has no fun and just focuses on school. His father, Mr. Perry’s reasoning would be better understood if Neil was failing classes along with acting but he was not, he was just trying to be himself. His father’s selfish and nonunderstanding mindset destroyed Neil’s entire
Unoka was a man of low status, nothing any son would be proud to call his father. Unoka could not even support his own family, and thus Okonkwo and his brothers, sisters, and mother were left to fend for themselves with what little they had. Consequently, from a young age, Okonkwo had a hunger - a hunger to do better in life for the sake of his own family as well as for the sake of himself. He, above all, did not want to become like his