Things Fall Apart
Is Okonkwo destined for tragedy or did his choices made of his own free will lead him to his tragic end? Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart provides the reader with a closer view to the African culture and history. Where the main character is Okonkwo. He is from Umuofia. “He is a well-respected man among the nine villages and even beyond”. (Page 3) Okonkwo gained everything he has by working hard. He is strict, manly and fearless. Okonkwo falls apart because he places too much emphasis on strength and manliness. Okonkwo avoids being like Unoka by placing too much emphasis on manliness and violence. Okonkwo hates his father who was soft, musical, and gentle. ‘He was very good on his flute’ (Pg.4). Unoka did not like working or violence unlike Okonkwo who was fearless and manly. Unoka and Okonkwo didn’t have a healthy father-son relationship. Okonkwo was ashamed of his father because, “he was a debtor, he never gave the money back”(pg.4) Okonkwo had suffered a lot when he young. “Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was “agbala” (pg.13) Calling a man “agbala” was a big insult. “It was another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had not taken a title” (pg.13). “And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion-to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved;one of those things was gentleness and another was idleness”(pg.13). Although Okonkwo has a soft heart, he keeps hiding his true feelings and chooses to express anger instead. Okonkwo tries to hide his gentle feelings, but sometimes he loses control and forgets about everything that happened in the past. “Even Okonkwo himself became very fond of the boy inwardly of course”(Pg.4). Okonkwo showed his kind side when he first met Ikemefuna. In the Igbo culture a man cannot show any feminine or gentle...