Marriage process in the Umuofian was different from todays ways. Back then in Nigeria the man and his family go and choose the bride. The bride had to agree and she had very little to say on who she gets to marry. Surprisingly gender roles and some customs were bent in Things Fall Apart. For example, when Ekwefi first fell in love with Okonkwo after his wrestling match.
Okonkwo made it a point in his life to set himself apart from his father by being well known and wealthy as well as becoming a great warrior in the tribal conflicts of Umuofia and the surrounding villages. His fear leads him to commit cruel actions that are disastrous for him and the clan, for examples, his uncontrollable anger has caused his family and the clan to fear him. Okonkwo's external conflict will be his family and religion which is one of the reasons that led to the death of Okonkwo at the end. Okonkwo's most prominent internal conflict, the fear of
His fear of weakness and failure is derived from his father, Unoka’s failures, which ignite Okonkwo’s misogynistic views. Throughout his lifetime, Okonkwo associates femininity with weakness because of Unoka, who was called an “agbala” or woman by the people of Umuofia. Since women have this reputation for weakness, Okonkwo lives with constant fear that he will be given the same title as his father. Okonkwo’s first son, Nwoye’s effeminacy reminds Okonkwo of his own father. He says, "I have done my best to make Nwoye grow into a man, but there is much of his mother in him .
This view is well supported in the literature which suggests that wherever men and women felt they were in captivity, they resisted strongly. This argument is certainly true in modern day society but it represented the modus operandi for enslaved men and women all over the world. Resistance was indeed a natural action for slaves since captivity reminded them that a better life existed and could only be attained by vehement resistance. Numerous researchers of slavery such as Verene Shepherd and Hilary Beckles contend that from their moment of purchase or capture, slaves engaged in strong resistance to gain their freedom and subsequently obtain a better life for themselves. Some types of resistance which were utilized include active and passive resistance, specifically, day to day resistance, cultural resistance, female resistance, marronage, and revolts and rebellions.
While DuBoise agrees that Washington was a leader in the African American community, he points out that Washington had both good and bad qualities about him. DuBois talks about the things that Washington had done for African Americans, but at the same time a Washington often said what the white man wanted to hear and this most likely damaged the agreement or interfered with the positive direction the African Americans were heading toward . As I read the chapter I was able to have an understanding of being trapped between two worlds and deciding which one to belong. It was interesting to read how Mr. Washington apologizes for terribly unfair treatment that has happened and how we must work hard for the rights of every man. My question is
Fear is the core cause of the dramatic shift of lifestyle for both Okonkwo and Nwoye. Through the management of reputation and the avoidance of their father’s likeness, Okonkwo and Nwoye built new lives for themselves. Okonkwo sought power and authority to prove his masculinity and make up for Unoka’s reputation as a weak man. He did this to the point where manliness became his character. Fearlessness and violence were masculine qualities that in Igbo culture signifies strength and influence.
Another theme that is explored in this novel is the inherent fault of the central character Okonkwo, who is ambitious, industrious, honest, masculine but is rash, and unthinking and his sense of self and identity is wholly dependent on the approval of others in his community and he thinks of anything that intrudes into it as a threat and he tries hard to be a man though in a flawed manner. His sense of attaining masculinity is fuelled by an indomitable desire to rise above his father’s spendthrift, lazy, ineffectual and effeminate character and he associates violence, haughtiness, and aggression as the only set of emotions to be displayed for expressing true masculinity. He beats his wives and threatens to kill women.
He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart’” (Achebe 176). This quote foreshadows the inevitable Okonkwo, the hot-headed leader rules with an ample iron fist. He believes that violence is always the answer and showing weakness is not an option. He wants to seem like the strongest person in the tribe to erase the negative connotation that his father Unoka left behind as the past leader. The novel’s main character, Okonkwo, is perceived as a tragic hero because of his unconventional leadership practices
Therefore, both characters have this tendency to trust themselves and it brings both good and adverse effects to them. A striking difference between Creon and Antigone is their priorities. The greatest priority for Creon is the state power. He is quite cold towards his family because he is focused on following his own rules for the sake of Thebes. However, when it comes to family he acts so inhuman that he doesn 't listen to his own son and even thinks about ruthlessly punishing his nieces Antigone and Ismene.
Davies asks why this would affect Ammad in such a way and then explains that is because of their culture. “‘...in that belief system, a father 's approval is the most important fact of your life. Your being revolves around it. And so for him to think that his father hated him or didn 't approve of him made him think he was going to hell, and hell to him was a very literal place...So the idea of going to jihad to redeem himself, to find his father 's love, if you will, was a very powerful motivation.’” What Mr. Ballen is saying is that, because of this abuse from his father, Ammad felt he had to get his father’s love in any way possible, and in his culture the approval from one’s father is extremely crucial to having a good life. But because of these beatings, he turned to religion to find that love that he never got from his father.