Okonkwo's Allegories

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In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe utilizes allegories and allusions to create a sense of mystery concerning Umuofia in the regards of a leadership based on vast ego and self-will. He leaves depth in his stories only recognizable by the mantle within the plot. On the surface of the storyline is a character with issues concerning his mentality and ignorant behavior whom engages with his pride and influences the people around him. He is unsympathetic as the result of growing up in a warrior’s culture and being raised by a man that he constitutes as weak and worthless. But the underlying layer deep within him is a dreadful form of beauty that also functions as a lesson of adriftment from one’s self and beliefs. The problems with Okonkwo’s…show more content…
The reader is forced to look deeper and recognize patterns, such as the repetitive mentioning of his father’s failure. Okonkwo’s father was a contrasting character compared to himself, Okonkwo wanted yams and wives while his father wanted peace and love. This is a present example of an allusion because it is a hidden way to bring to the surface Okonkwo’s greed. Okonkwos whole life long conflict is an allusion to the message that an individual is in control of their fate and has the ability to guide the people around them. For example, when Nwoye joined Mr.Brown, in spite of the violence and destruction of confidence he had known growing up, Okonkwo could have prevented this and formed a coerce family if he had contributed to the values of love and care. Okonkwo lead this path of ruination with his own mindset and pathed a course for failure in his own…show more content…
The story starts off introducing a greedy turtle who likes to take advantage of the characters that trust him to contribute to his own personal gain. She indirectly uses this analogy to refer to Okonkwo’s selfishness and to foreshadow future events. At the end of the story, everyone around the turtle is tired of being used and leaves the turtle stranded as a representation of karma, this same situation applies to Okonkwos future and how the people around him are persuaded to dislike his presence by his actions and
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