“Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness … it was not external but lay deep within himself. It was fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father” (13). As mentioned in the book he never in any way wanted to be compared to his father, Unoka. His father was someone who was seen publicly as a coward. Before he left the earth he left upon his son the many unsettled debts. Seeing as Okonkwo did not want to grow up and become just like his father, he continued his life and became a warrior, clansman, and family provider. He then has a twelve-year-old son named Nwoye who he finds out to be lazy; unlike one of his daughters, Ezinma, who is the only child of his who has won Okonkwo’s respect. Okonkwo secretly wishes to himself that she was a boy. To separate the comparison between Okonkwo and his father he has the reputation as a wrestler and a hard working harvester. He also earns more respect from his people and has gained wealth from it. Another success in his life was that he had three wives.
There are many deaths that occur within this novel. And Okonkwo seems to have taken a turn when he has accidently killed Ezeudu’s son and when he adopts a boy as his own from another village. “Umuofia has decided to kill him. The Oracle of the Hillas... [continues]
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