Because of his arrogance he had become cruel to the boy he loved and in the end killed him out of misery. If we look at this scene we can see that he 's having an inward battle with himself, being strong was his main priority over anything else, even his own family. Even if he cared for them, he was conceited and cared about the opinions of others and what 'd they think of him. This ultimately led to his downfall when a cultural collision was evident and he couldn 't face it. His
Okonkwo is seen as a very painfully structured man and when something doesn't go according to his structure, it causes him to make irrational decisions. 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).
Consequently, he was a debtor who owed lots of cowries to many men. “After the death of Unoka, Okonkwo was ashamed to be the son of his father, because in his father’s lifetime, he didn’t take a title or even make a name for himself” (Achebe 8). Yet, the clan didn’t judge a man on the worth of his father, they judged a man’s worth according to his own actions. Unlike his father, Okonkwo was a wealthy farmer who had taken two titles in Umuofia. Furthermore, he had shown incredible prowess as a strong warrior.
The hatred that he had for his father he carried with him throughout his whole life. That hatred turned into him killing Ikemefuna and the messenger. Ikemefuna was thought of as a son and he killed him in fear of being considered weak in front of his clan members. That weakness was thought of his weakness which was considered a failure. At the end of the story Okonkwo ends up being just like his father which is ironic because he strived to be nothing like him.
A hero, fool, or heroic fool? Many people admire Chris McCandless for wanting to find his happiness and consider him as a hero, and some consider McCandless a fool for his lack preparedness and unjustified choices. So which is he then? Chris dropped everything in his life to go chase a dream in the Alaskan Wild. He lived in an upper middle class family with everyday luxuries, but he never had the best relationship with his father.
Okonkwo is very impulsive. In the book, the author describers Okonkwo as a violent, masculine man who will confront anything that stands in its way. Okonkwo is a very helpful and friendly man. He always works on his yam farm to help and support his family. But his friendly personalities doesn 't translate to his thought process.
The one true fault of Mutsuhiro was his lack of empathy and regret for what he did. He went into hiding no because of shame, but simply out of fear of being caught. When asked about his mistreatment of the prisoners, he either blamed the war or the Japanese government entirely. He always made himself seem like a victim of
Also, Alexander drank and that made him make poor judgemental calls, which led to more bad stuff. Alexander had ordered that all those who were in sanctuary or even thought about it were to be killed (Document C). This shows that he hurt people, even those who were in the temple to keep safe, were to be killed. He had also set policies saying that his soldiers can’t be married to local woman, and that shouldn’t have been his choice to make, it should have been the people’s choice because that’s what a great king does, he listens to his fellows questions and askings. His thinking was cruel and all the power that he got from conquering cities and not losing any battles made him think that he was the most powerful man in the world, and that led to all the bad judgemental calls that he had made and at some point regretted that he made
“ Mistakes made by a foolish mind, cruel mistakes that bring on death.” (1406 to 1407.) In this quote, King Creon of Thebes is acknowledging that he has made tragic mistakes, because he wanted to the laws of his state, that he put in place, instead of preserving the safety of his family, which consequently lead to suffering for many. In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, the character Creon makes decisions based on what he feels is right, and refuses to pay attention to other’s advice. His stubbornness and selfishness prove fatal, and as a consequence of his moral deficiency, he kills an innocent woman, and loses his son in the aftermath. In the play Antigone, by Sophocles, Creon’s deadly stubbornness and selfishness in ignoring the pleas and
Okonkwo’s defiance results in him being alone in his venture for war against the British. He becomes extreme in his measures towards war and ostracizes himself from his people by telling them how feminine they are being by erring towards peace. Okonkwo 's fear of being feminine like his father causes him to become an extremist in his views. This fear and the extremes to which it carries Okonkwo cause him to lose respect and power amongst his people, ultimately leading to his demise. Okonkwo realizes he no longer has control over his people after he beheads a messenger in front of all of Umuofia.