Towards the end of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo decided to take his own life due to the changes in his tribe caused by the white missionaries. This makes it harder to distinguish if the colonists were responsible for Okonkwo’s death and the diminishing of the Ibo Tribe. However, these colonists are gradually pushing an agenda to the Igbo people where Okonkwo is critical against. The collision between two separate beliefs causes various conflicts occurring in Things Fall Apart that eventually causes Umuofia to fall apart. This undermines Okonkwo’s drive to succeed in traditional terms and his desire to be a leader in his tribe.
By examining pride’s role in “The Scarlet Ibis” and in real life, it is evident that pride can be dangerous and destructive. In “The Scarlet Ibis”, the narrator’s pride ultimately caused the death of his brother and brought him pain and suffering. Since the narrator was only motivated by his selfish pride, he kept pushing Doodle harder and harder, without regard for his brother’s feelings or well-being. If he had acted out of love instead of pride, he would have been gentle and compassionate when he helped his brother, therefore preventing his death.
The conflict is that he allows his uncle to alter his opinion. While being chided by his uncle’s comments, he gives in and “[seize] the cardboard palace [and] tears at its walls”(Nowlan 3). By destroying his creation, Teddy portrays that he succumbed to his uncle’s pressure. His individuality is undermined because he allows his uncle to determine his decisions for him. Hence, his innocence is his barrier that stops him from developing his individuality due to the lack of personal judgement which is a key human skill.
Hurst suggests that expectations are also a form of egotism that can lead to resentment; hence coming into conflict with one’s identity, such as alteration and remorse. Doodle’s desire was to be loved and supported by his family. He was invalid - he could not walk; thus everyone had low expectations towards him and thought he would die except for Aunt Nicey. His brother (the narrator) tried to kill him as he saw him an unbearable disappointment and his father had built him a mahogany coffin. For instance, “It was I who renamed him [...]
Lastly, near the end of the book the white missionaries had essentially invaded the Ibo tribe and its religion. Okonkwo after “heading back to Umuofia” (Achebe 171) was not really acknowledged or awaited for his return to Umuofia. He was seen as an unsympathetic person when he left and so much had changed that he was now just like any other person. Okonkwo did not like what the white missionaries were up to to say the least. After talking to the commissioner in a heated conversation Achebe writes, “Okonkwo 's machete descended twice and the man 's head lay beside his uniformed body” (Achebe 185) thinking that this act would have the other tribe members in the fight with him.
In “Counterparts” and “A Little Cloud”, both of the main characters hate their job have a strong desire to be free from the boredom of their jobs. When Maria first started her job at the Protestant charity house she was not very fond of her job, although she later grew to like it. At the ending of “Counterparts”, Farrington,who seems unhappy, returns to his middle class home and searches for his wife. Farrington begins to yell at Tom, one of his five sons. Farrington begins to mimic or “make fun” of what his son is telling him.
He lives his life hiding the truth from others, while watching Hester struggle to come to terms with the truth. The height of the hypocrisy in the situation comes when Dimmesdale tells Hester, "Be not silent from any mistaken pity and tenderness for him; for, believe me, Hester, though he were to step down from a high place, and stand there beside thee, on thy pedestal of shame, yet better were it so, than to hide a guilty heart through life. What can thy silence do for him, except it tempt him-yea, compel him, as it were-to add hypocrisy to sin (Hawthorne 58)?" Arthur says this when he wants Hester to reveal his name as the adulterer. He cannot bring it upon himself to confess and instead wants
He is always alone in his experiences, and the nausea that accompanies him everywhere. It is nearly the same with Malte. The fear that Malte has, makes him different from all the others around him. He sees things differently. He cannot avert the fear, and in the course of time, starts to understand and appreciate it.
Things Fall Apart is a story about a man named Okonkwo who is a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia Clan. His trouble starts early when he believes his son will be a failure just like his father. He lives life trying not to be a failure and does many regretful things but never lets it show on the outside because it would reveal his weakness. He gets exiled later on and must move away for seven years and during this time his son converts to Christianity and Okonkwo is forced to disown him.
EA 3.2 Literary Analysis: character analysis Cultural collisions happen everywhere especially in today's life. Not only did in happen in the past but it also happens in today's society. In things fall apart, a whole lot of cultural collisions occur between the ibo culture and the missionaries that came to their land. Nwoye, okonkwo's son gets abused by his father because he went to the Christian church and they were getting in between all the people of the Ibo culture. Cultural collisions cause different types of challenges and reactions people face based on the collisions.
Ikemefuna’s part in the first seven chapters of Things Fall Apart portrays the complexity of family traits by stirring internal conflict within Okonkwo that causes him to question the value of family. Okonkwo did not have grounded qualities to take from his lazy, irresponsible father, Unoka. This forces him to build up the masculine traits that he values strongly for his family, especially strength and independence. When discussing the boy, Ikemefuna, who he is forced to care for, Okonkwo says, “I will not have a son [Ikemefuna] who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan” (Achebe 29). Okonkwo believes that without these traits, a man could not participate fully in society.