Fear is the core cause of the dramatic shift of lifestyle for both Okonkwo and Nwoye. Through the management of reputation and the avoidance of their father’s likeness, Okonkwo and Nwoye built new lives for themselves. Okonkwo sought power and authority to prove his masculinity and make up for Unoka’s reputation as a weak man. He did this to the point where manliness became his character. Fearlessness and violence were masculine qualities that in Igbo culture signifies strength and influence.
This is an example of katabasis because Telemachus is skeptical and confused about his family, especially his father. It serves as a low point because he thinks the long, heroic tales about his father are just rumors and the god-like Odysseus is not that great after all. To add on, everyone holds high expectations of Telemachus, Those who knew Odysseus and his great
“Black men struggle with masculinity so much. The idea that we must always be strong really presses us all down - it keeps us from growing” (“Donald Glover Quotes), says Donald Glover, a famous African-American actor. This is shown during the book, “Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo, the main character, hates his father who acts very feminine according to their tribe’s definition and is not successful at all, but still lives life to the fullest. Okonkwo’s actions are based on his fear of becoming like his father so he rejects all characteristics that his father had (feminine qualities).
Fist, Amir envies Hassan because Baba often favors him and, therefore, Amir feels underapreciated by his father. Also, Amir is afraid to be Hassan’s true friend because it would expose him to the discrimination that the Hazaras face. Second, Amir feels unworthy of Hassan because Hassan sceified himself so that Amir could have the kite and be seen as a winner in his fathers eyes. So, Amir
The insult inscription, agbala, in Igbo, " was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had no title " (Things Falls Apart,Ch 2). As a result of that early resentment of his father, Unoka 's failure and ( a perceived but perhaps not real ) weakness, and the resultant social pressure,Okonkwo deliberately sets himself an "internalized set of goals " which he should like to achieve to earn fame and name amongst his people . "And so Okonkwo was " ruled by one passion - to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved . One oh these things was gentlenass, and another was idleness “(Things Fall Apart,Ch
He is also fast to get anger, particularly when dealing with men who are weak, lazy debtors like his father. However, Okonkwo overcompensates for is fathers womanly ways, of which he is humiliated, because he does not tolerate idleness or gentleness. Even though he feels inward love at times, he never portrays love toward anyone. Instead, he isolates himself by exhibiting anger through aggressive, stubborn, crazy behavior. Okonkwo demands that his family work long hours despite their age or limited bodily energy, he nags and beat his wives and son, Nwoye, who Okonkwo believes is womanly like his father, Unoka.
His father was the exact opposite of what the Igbo people stand for. Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, is a “coward [who] could not bear the sight of blood” (Achebe 6). In turn, Okonkwo became a ruthless warrior who was known across the different tribes. The worst aspect of Unoka is that he was considered to be a failure. This caused Okonkwo “even as a little boy [to resent] his father’s failure” (13).
The sensitive and sympathetic side of Nwoye contradicts Okonkwo’s hopes for his son, and makes Nwoye seem more indolent than he actually was. Nwoye reminds Okonkwo of his father, a disappointment to the clan, causing a tense relationship between the two because
In things fall apart the author Chinua Achebe talks in first person about Okonkwo being very passionate about family because he really never had one. As far as Okonkwo not having a stable family all because his father Unoka was not around. His father was more important with gambling and putting the family in debt. As in things fall apart the author Chinua Achebe displayed the importance of valuing family through plot and tone. Okonkwo was a very powerful person that considered the whole Umuofia as family.