Nwoye and Okonkwo had a rocky relationship from the beginning but it only solidified once Ikemefuna was killed. Christianity being introduced to Umuofia showed Nwoye that he had a purpose in life and he didn’t have to be just like his father. Nwoye and Okonkwo had a bad relationship because they could never accept the fact that they had more differences than similarities,this caused them to separate from each other permanently. Stephen Covey said “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” If Nwoye and Okonkwo would have been able to set their differences aside and tried to accept each other then maybe Nwoye wouldn’t have converted to
As Obierika explains, “The white man is very clever...he has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart” (176). Achebe’s in-depth story exhibits all aspects of Igbo culture and examines the way a culture can transform as the world progresses around it. Throughout the novel, readers sense the shift in the characters’ attitudes and beliefs towards once-vital traditions. The bold protagonist, Okonkwo, represents the culture, and as pressures to change appear from the outside world, he comes apart at the seams. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo, reminiscent of other literary characters, embodies the Igbo way of life and possesses traits that reflect his cultural values.
But much to the anguish of Okonkwo, Nwoye embodied most of his grandfather’s traits and this enraged Okonkwo deeply. Okonkwo dreads that Nwoye will blot the acclaim and honour he has worked so hard to achieve. Nwoye’s “incipient laziness” was causing Okonkwo great deal of distress and he sought to correct him by “constant nagging and beating” and as a result Nwoye was “turning into a sad-faced youth” (Pg. 13). Nwoye is aware that he should adopt the more masculine traits of his tribesmen, as desired by his father but he still prefers his mother’s company.
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is an important piece of literature due to its ability to convey a Culture Clash from the African view point, introduces a loveable character with a tragic flaw that motivates him to his death, and a culture that introduces the fear of many. Okonkwo shows how his fear lead him to dislike anything associated with his father; laziness, agabala, and lack of achievement. Eventually after the arrival of the missionaries Okonkwo soo felt the same about his culture and life. No one cared, but him. He was ignored like a messy room that needs to be cleaned.
Thus, the act of imperialism was done and the result was a civilization and people changed forever. The title of the book Things fall apart alluded to the theme of imperialism and related to the key events of the fall of Igbo Civilization, Okonkwo’s banishment and his cowardly suicide. Like in the poem The Second Coming when all civilization collapsed prior to the second coming of Christ, all of Igbo civilization collapsed when the British missionaries
Introduced as strong and respected man, Okonkwo starts as such but throughout the book many of his choices lead him down a path of tragic events. He is part of Ibo society and culture, the native African culture of the story which praises strength and masculinity while dejecting vulnerability and femininity from its men. The overarching theme in the novel Things Fall Apart is that clinging to strong devotions can cause one’s life to fall apart, seen
His life was determined by overwhelming fear of failure. It was the fear that controls him from screening further sign of weakness when interacting with other characters, his children, wives, and other friends. Okonkwo controlled his household with a heavy hand. For Example, “his wives, especially the youngest, Ojiugo lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his title children. His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness” (Achebe, 1958, p. 13).
But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw (Achebe 13). Okonkwo’s fear of failure serves as an indicator that he would stop at nothing to succeed in his beliefs. Similarly, Okonkwo’s accepts his faith as a priority to success. Therefore, when the white settlers arrive in Umoufia, Okonkwo is not able to comprehend the massive changes that they bring along.
The main character Okonkwo, revolves around showing no emotion and being masculine, his whole life is based upon the belief of male masculinity and hard work. He does not accept any failure or weakness from himself or any of his family members, putting his pride on being a well respected masculine man unlike his father Unoka.
Achebe has given an authentic portrait of the pre-colonial culture of the Ibo life. He shows us many aspects of the pre-colonial cultures and their social organization, economic system, and religious beliefs. The process of colonization involved not only physical occupation of the land and imposition of government, on the colonized place, but also mental colonization. ‘In the colonial context’, Fanon writes; “The settler only ends his work of breaking in the native when the latter admits loudly and intelligibly the supremacy of the white man’s value” (The Wretched of the Earth, 43). In a similar manner we can examine more closely Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, which shows the colonial encounter in Nigeria from the inside.