Okonkwo's Power In Things Fall Apart

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Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, demonstrates Okonkwo’s internal struggle through his failed relationships. Throughout the novel, Okonkwo fears that if he lets himself care for something, he will automatically be assumed weak. This is shown through his relationship with his son Nwoye. For example, Nwoye says to Obierika “I don’t know. He is not my father,” (Achebe 144). Nwoye is saying this because Okonkwo is not the father that he wanted. Perhaps this is why Nwoye converts to Christianity; to deceive his father. Okonkwo lacked what a father figure is supposed to have. Ironically, Okonkwo had the same relationship with his own father, Unoka. Unoka possessed an obsession for finding yams, so much so that his relationship with

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