Children learn from their parent’s mistakes and one thing Okonkwo learned was to rule by one thing” passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness.” Therefore, he wants to raise Nwoye with fear and abuse since, his father raised him with gentleness. Okonkwo is afraid Nwoye will “be found to resemble his father” so, he treated him and Ikemefuna “with a heavy hand.” Okonkwo was “fond of the boy” but, he did not “express any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger.” Therefore,” when Okonkwo heard that he would not eat any food he came into the hut with a big stick in his hand and stood over him while he swallowed his yams, trembling.” This shows that Okonkwo is raising Nwoye with fear so, he will raise up to be a successful man who will do what he is told no matter what and not be lazy. Okonkwo is scaring Nwoye that he will beat him so, he will listen to him. Everything Okonkwo is doing is because he “was not a cruel man.
Okonkwo grew up resenting his father for not being stronger and more masculine. Okonkwo is constantly fearing that he will end up a failure like his father. This fear has caused him to abandon the emotions that make him seem weak like pain, sadness, love and acceptance. He
The narrator had a dark side, he hated taking his brother everywhere he went. He was embarrassed, so he decided to teach his brother without caring the pain his brother was going through. The narrator only did for himself because he didn’t want his brother by his side because the thought his brother was an embarrassment. Evidence in the short story when Doodle could finally walk Doodle’s brother decided to show his parents he could walk and he starts to notice
Okonkwo is very aware of his self-image and wants to be viewed as a hero in the Ibo tribe. If Okonkwo was to act feminine he would not be seen as a hero, but he would be insulted instead. Okonkwo’s father was a very lazy, weak man with no desires or ambitions. Okonkwo strived to be the opposite of who his father was and wants to have a totally different reputation than his father. ‘Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala.
He is thought to be lazy and weak and does not live up to the expectations that his father has for him as his oldest son. Okonkwo’s biggest problem with his son is that he is reminiscent of Okonkwo’s father. After the arrival of Ikemefuna, Okonkwo began to see positive changes in his son. He began to adopt more manly attitudes giving Okonkwo hope for him. “He wanted Nwoye to grow into tough young man capable of ruling his father’s household when he was dead and gone to join the ancestors” (52).
This began Okonkwo’s disrespect in towards Nwoye. He was so disappointed in his own son for not following their clans religion. Okonkwo began feeling as if he was looked at like his father Unoka, A failure, for Nwoye’s new choice of religion. So, Okonkwo beat Nwoye hoping it would be enough for him to change back to his first religion. Although Okonkwo beat him, Nwoye
Instead, he is talking about his family being mad at him as a result for him being “slow” while getting dressed. Since the only family which is mentioned in the text is his father, then it can be deduced that he is talking about his father being mad at him for taking a long time. This gives his father the quality of being strict although overall this stanza shows Haydn’s father in a positive
In Things Fall Apart Okonkwo’s eldest son Nwoye is very different than his father. He is not aggressive and manly but more effeminate. Okonkwo feels like Nwoye is a disappointment because he doesn’t follow his values while Nwoye loses all respect for his father because he doesn’t want to live in his shadow. Later on, Christian missionaries come to their village and Nwoye is taught that there is a better way to live and is amazed by it. The missionaries speak about a story of “...brothers who lived in darkness and in fear, ignorant love of God” (Achebe), which really touched Nwoye and made him find peace in leaving his father’s teachings and convert to
When Okonkwo was young, he declared that his father was not able to feed adequately of his family and he was ashamed by his father’s strength. He expressed his embarrassment against his father and also discovered that villagers of Umuofia had similar dislikes against his father. The hatred feelings against his father by the villagers encouraged him to follow his principles and strategies to self-stand. His independence was more or less admired and kept respected by the community and gave him feelings of security and reverence of his gaze further elevates his self-respect, and became more distance from his father. He was overwhelmed of the security and respect shown by the community.
He even said that he begs God to forgive him. That shows how much of a man he really is. Others wouldn’t be as respectful as he is. Especially because he is tired of all the things that were going on in his time. His children were even getting mistreated.
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