Things Fall Apart Fatherhood Quotes

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The importance of fatherhood in this novel is that a father is the provider, defender and teacher for their children. Okonkwo is also a warrior, leader and farmer which is opposite of his father, Unoka. Unoka is known as lazy, coward and in debt with all the people in the village. Okonkwo is afraid that Nwoye becoming like his father. Okonkwo abused his wives and beat Nwoye. His reasoning for hurting his family is tell himself that he is not like his father. He is a warrior and that he can hurt and kill people. Okonkwo’s family loved Ikemefuna, the adopted son. He feels guilty for killing him but he can’t say no to their “god”. “The earth cannot punish me for obeying her messenger,” Okonkwo said. “A child’s fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm.”(Chapter 8, page 67). Okonkwo did not eat for two days because he feels bad for killing Ikemefuna. Okonkwo will do everything for their “god” even to kill his family. Nwoye fears for his life. If Okonkwo can kill his adopted son then there will be no hesitation to kill him.…show more content…
When the oracle ordered Okonkwo to kill Ikemefuna, Okonkwo followed the order and he killed his adopted son with his own hands. Nwoye’s got mad with his father and that lead him to convert to Christianity when the Europeans colonize his village. Nwoye’s question his faith and his father’s view, values and beliefs. “What moved Obierika to visit Okonkwo was the sudded appearance of the latter’s son, Nwoye, among the missionaries in Umuofia…And so Obierika went to Mbanta to see his friend. And he found that Okonkwo did not wish to speak about Nwoye. It was only from Nwoye’s mother that he heard scraps of the story” (Chapter 18, pages 143 – 144). This only shows that that relationship between a father and son is gone. Nwoye hated his father for killing his brother. Okonkwo hated Nwoye when he acknowledged new

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