His past experiences shape his disposition and give rise to his stereotypical mentality; however, several events contradict the prevalent perspective of women, leading to Okonkwo facing conflicts within himself. In Umuofia, men often generalize women and make stereotypical assumptions. The only significance of women to Okonkwo is that they represent the birth of children,
“Things fall apart, even when you think they’re stronger than you ever imagined.” ‘Things Fall Apart’, by Chinua Achebe is a book about about the struggles of an African man named Okonkwo and his families life falls apart right before their very eyes. It’s a son duty to carry on the families traditions in this tribe. Although in this story that’s not the case, Okonkwo struggles to get his eldest son Nwoye to act more like a man and less like a woman. Ezinma is Okonkwos favorite child and he wishes that she was a boy because she has all the traits and actions a young man should have. There was another boy named Ike that was almost a role model to Nwoye and almost had Okonkwo conviced his son was becoming a man.
Is violence ever the answer? The book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a fictional story about the Ibo tribe during the beginning years of the colonization of Africa. The protagonist Okonkwo is a quick-tempered and abusive man who leads a successful life in the village of Umuofia until he is forced into exile. While in exile in his motherland, European missionaries begin to show up to spread their faith. After returning from exile, the missionaries have grown in strength and control.
Okonkwo wants to be the perfect dad for Nwoye so, he does not turn into his grandfather Unoka, but is he doing it the right way? Okonkwo is raising Nwoye to be the opposite of his father Unoka. Okonkwo is ashamed of his father Unoka because when he “died he had taken no title at all and he was heavenly in debt.” Therefore, Okonkwo wants to raise Nwoye to be a successful outgoing, great farmer, villager and man.
In the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo was a strong man and weak at the end. Okonkwo was a great wrestler and a great warrior. Okonkwo was a strong father towards his family. After what Okonkwo did to Ikemefuna it showed how Okonkwo expressed himself.
Women was treated poorly in Umuofia because men believe that they were weak and in inadequate. “ Even as a little boy Okonkwo had represented 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. That was held first came to know that Agbala was only another name for a woman that also mean a man who had taken the title” Achebe 15. Okonkwo not only was verbally abusive to his wife, but was verbally abusive to his oldest child; Nwoye. Okonkwo mentally killed the woman, through his words and thoughts.
Things Fall Apart Essay On the book Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo struggles to not have failure. What led to Okonkwo 's fate is the changes the white men did in Umuofia. Okonkwo was one of the top leaders of Umuofia; he was well known in Umuofia. Okonkwo was also a warrior he never wanted to look weak so he was always a warrior. Successful and wealthy people farmed and Okonkwo was a good farmer which made him successful and wealthy.
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).
Okonkwo feels ashamed of him in multiple circumstances in part one of the book, he feels as though Nwoye takes after his grandfather Unoka and displays some “lazy” behavior according to Okonkwo. Nwoye takes most after his mother and portrays “womanly” behavior and shows his compassionate and caring side. For example, before Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna, Nwoye overhears that Ikemefuna must return to his home village Nwoye bursts into tears only to have his father beat him heavily for it. “‘Nwoye overheard it and burst into tears, whereupon his father beat him heavily’” (Achebe, 57). This shows how Nwoye’s relationship with Okonkwo is going to go downhill because of Nwoye.
Some individuals have lost these things due to colonization. Colonization has an impact on an individual’s life and can either be positive or negative. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe uses Okonkwo, a tragic hero, to show loss of power and respect due to colonization and to exemplify change can be hard for people. Okonkwo’s identity is dependent on the Igbo Culture. At the beginning of the book, Okonkwo is seen as very strong.