(1) Tragic Hero, afraid of appearing weak:
* Fear of looking weak.
* He has a strong obsession with manliness.
* He doesn’t want to be like his father who showed weakness, idleness and gentleness.
* “His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness”.
* He hated his father because he was unsuccessful and was a failure.
* He killed Ikemefuna because he wanted people to look at him with manliness.
* He liked Ikemefuna a lot.
* He does not want to show his personal emotions as this would reflect himself as a weak man which he does not want to be.
(2) Very strict:
* He is afraid that people may consider him weak.
* Ruled his household with a stern hand and fierce voice.
* Causing everyone to fear him.
* The way he handles the household, everyone is fearful of him.
* “Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand”.
* He beats up family members just to display his manliness to others.
* That he may not be like his father, weak, idle and gentle.
(3) Very violent:
• He has a need to express his anger through violence.
(4) Strong Determination:
• He has a strong determination to succeed.
• A growing season on a particular year, suffered a great drought and then unending floods.
• Farmers crops were destroyed, so is Okonkwo’s crops.
• He was deeply discouraged but he knew that he would survive because of his determination to succeed.
* He knew that he was a “fierce fighter”.
(5) Dutiful father:
• When Ezinma was sick, he immediately “went into the bush to collect the leaves, grass and barks of trees that went into making the medicine for Iba”.
• He rarely shows his emotions outward.
• Most of the time, he showed his emotions inwardly for fear of being seen weak.
• And now, upon hearing that Ezinma is sick, he went to look for medicine for her who shows that he loves Ezinma a lot and is very caring towards her.... [continues]
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