He obeyed his father out of fear. Likewise, when missionaries came to Umuofia, they intrigued Nwoye. Although they intrigued Nwoye, the missionaries infuriated Okonkwo. 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).
As seen in Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s death, we see a demonstration of his rash thinking. Okonkwo’s irrational decision - making, as well as his fear of being perceived as weak like his father drove him to kill Ikemefuna. If Ikemefuna has not been killed, then this would have prevented Nwoye from converting to Christianity. As seen “after the missionaries finished singing, Nwoye pondered about what he just heard, the hymn about brothers who sat in darkness and fear seemed to answer a vague and persistent question that haunted his young soul the question of Ikemefuna who died” (Achebe 128). Okonkwo’s participation in Ikemefuna’s murder ultimately pushed Nwoye to Christianity and this caused Okonkwo to lose respect in himself for not raising a better son.
Eventually, in Okonkwo’s life of hatred, he hit a road bump, taking his actions too far, as he beat his wife in the week of peace. “Inwardly, he was repentant. But he was not the man to go about telling his
The reason this negatively affects Ibo people is that if Ibo people begin to lose faith in Ibo religion, they could leave Ibo society, and go join the white man. This would cause Ibo society to lose power as their people would begin to follow the white men. The white man’s arrival shows us that colonialism negatively effects Ibo society as it causes Ibo people to lose their
Everyone has hard times to overcome, and Doug has gone through many. In the story “Okay for Now.” by Gary D. Schmidt, Doug went through abuse, neglect, and a lot of change. Doug’s father abuses him and hits him, everyone in Doug’s family neglects him, and he has to move constantly. Dougs whole family is falling apart and Doug’s in the middle of it all.
Okonkwo starts to scorn Obierika for not coming to kill Ikemefuna. Obierika then said that Okonkwo shouldn’t have gone. What Okonkwo did is the type of deeds that the gods punish. It is against their traditions to kill a kinsmen. Okonkwo shows up for the negotiation of the bride price.
George just didn’t want Lennie to suffer which is why he killed him. He knew Curly would’ve taken it upon himself and would’ve done anything to torture Lennie. “He looked at the back of Lennie’s head, at the place where the spine and skull were joined”(105). George picks that spot on Lennie’s head to shoot him because he knows it won’t hurt him and he knows that he won’t suffer that way. It may seem awful of George to kill Lennie especially because they’re friends but he didn’t want to live with knowing that there was a way he could’ve saved him.
Conrad is clearly suffering from depression as shown in the quote above. Conrad also shows a stage of grief when he says “This house. Too big for three people.” (Guest 4). This reveals that Conrad is in a deep depression about his brother’s death because he feels that someone is missing from the house.
(1188), and he murders the old man to prove his sanity, which is very ironic. Moreover, the narrator does not share any information about him. He tells the story focusing on what he did, but he does not say things about who he is. I think that this is
The theme manliness was developed through Okonkwo’s actions. For example, in the book, the narrator said, “...Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. 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.
Okonkwo is the main character in the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo has done many questionable things and he has a very unique mindset and there is no doubt that he is a flawed man. But there is evidence that he is also a good man. So I think that Okonkwo is both a flawed man and a good man. In chapter four of Things Fall Apart Okonkwo’s youngest wife Ojiugo went to a friends house to plait her hair and did not return early enough to cook the afternoon meal so when she got home he beat her very viciously.
Ikemefuna’s part in the first seven chapters of Things Fall Apart portrays the complexity of family traits by stirring internal conflict within Okonkwo that causes him to question the value of family. Okonkwo did not have grounded qualities to take from his lazy, irresponsible father, Unoka. This forces him to build up the masculine traits that he values strongly for his family, especially strength and independence. When discussing the boy, Ikemefuna, who he is forced to care for, Okonkwo says, “I will not have a son [Ikemefuna] who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan” (Achebe 29). Okonkwo believes that without these traits, a man could not participate fully in society.