This first encounter also strikes close to home with Okonkwo when he finds out his son Nwoye is leaving the culture to go join the missionaries. Even at one point Okonkwo friend asks Nwoye how his father is and Nwoye responded “ I don 't know. He is not my father”(pg.144) By Nwoye saying this it captures how the division between the two cultures is tearing families apart. The division between the two cultures gets worse when supposedly Okoli killed the sacred python of the Ibo culture. The Ibo people decided to ban them from the quarry, streams and markets, which made a tremendous amount of the missionary followers believe they were trying to ruin them just like one of them say “ They want to ruin us.
But in my eyes Okonkwo was made to hate people, whether it being Ekwefi or Unoka. But there is ways there treatment was different, Ekwefi was his wife who he tried to basically kill. And shoot. As oppose to his father who he didn’t like because of whatever reasons he had. This info gives me all the clues to say yes Okonkwo was sympathetic if you look at the patterns.
Afterwards he told her to go get his rusty gun, so he could go hunting. As she walked away, she “murmured something about guns that never shot.”(39). Okonkwo hear this and after retrieving his gun, ran out and shot at her. “He pressed the trigger and there was a loud report accompanied by the wail of his wives and children.”(39). Okonkwo has a very bad anger issue and takes out all his frustration on his family.
Okonkwo is known throughout all nine villages for his self-wealth, strength but most of all his anger and temper. He is irrational and does not think logically, but thinks through his fists. He is incapable of showing remorse or emotion, and due to this lack of emotion, when someone starts to agitate him he immediately fights. Whether it be domestic violence towards his wife and children or picking fights with neighbors challenging him. Okonkwo’s family relationships make him a sympathetic character because he provides for his family which is what his father could not do and an unsympathetic character because of the constant domestic violence when something is not done to his expectations.
In our spirituality, when a external man commits a crime or murder, we take that man’s life, or we exchange a member of that tribe and take his life to avert war. Our justice system is set-up in an “eye for an eye” way of punishment. The Oracle tells us how to punish people; it also makes tribal decisions. The Oracle expressed to Okonkwo to not to participate in the sacrifice of Ikemefuna, because he was like a father to the boy, but he executed the youngster anyways. This is partly why Okonkwo was punished.
Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down” (61). Okonkwo knew that it was bad to kill someone from the village but he didn’t want to look weak. He knew that if he would of done it in front of his people they would of exiled him or killed him. Later on when he accidentally shot a guy and was exiled for seven years. Times were getting harder for him and his
Ikemefuna was given to Okonkwo as a sacrifice because one of his wives was killed. After that Ikemefuna had a strong bond with Okonkwo for the three years they had spent together. He would follow him till his death but he was killed by Okonkwo before the Catholics came. Ikemefuna would follow Okonkwo to war and hang himself by his side. If he was alive he would not have given into the new religion unless he did.
At the beginning he does not want to kill Duncan but he is forced to by his wife. He later then starts hallucinating, gets no sleep, and regrets killing Duncan. As the story continues he then kills banquo and Macduff's family. He becomes very cold hearted and no longer cares to kill, he will kill anybody who gets in his way. Macbeth sends some men to kill Macduff's family because Lennox tells Macbeth that “`Tis two or three, my lord, that bring you word Macduff is fled to England” (4.1.141).
The novel “things fall apart” is about the fatal demise of Okonkwo and the igbo culture of Umuofia. Okonkwo is well known and respected leader in his community, who is successful in everything he does, such as wrestling and farming. He is quick with his hands and takes pride in his accomplishments. Okonkwo’s family relationship makes him a sympathetic character because of his support and an unsympathetic character because of his cruelty. In many ways Okonkwo showed that he had no sympathy for others , However at times he could be sympathetic.
“ ‘My father, they have killed me!’ as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo draw his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.”(61). Earlier in this paragraph Ikemefuna thought of Okonkwo as his father yet he still killed him. The thought of being weak in front of others or being thought as weak drives some to
Towards the end, he becomes independent of her and almost falls into the stereotype of men in the movie, but he is caring. Men aren 't depicted to care in the movie, but it is shown throughout that they care much more than anyone expects of them. Being a man in the world of Mud is more than fitting into the social standards that have been set. It is about being strong and holding up your beliefs, and not being afraid to care. Men like Mud and Ellis ' father shape how Ellis becomes a man and how his values are formed.