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Things Fall Apart Okonkwo's Fears

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Fears of Okonkwo
Everyone shows fear. Fear can cause an unpleasant emotion due to someone or something being dangerous, painful, or a threat. Many main characters in novels show fear. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo, the main character, who struggles with fear and battles it to become stronger. Okonkwo struggles with fear of becoming like his father, fear of looking weak, and fear of his children not becoming like him.

Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father. Okonkwo reveals his fear of becoming like his father in his thoughts. Okonkwo fears for himself he will not become like his father (10). Okonkwo wants to be a prosperous person and does not want to deal with the idea of being lazy and good for nothing. Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father through his actions. Okonkwo asks to borrow yam seeds from Nwakibie and works hard to grow his farm (21). This shows Okonkwo values hard work and effort and does not want to fall into debt like his father. Okonkwo would rather be the complete opposite of Unoka and become more independent. Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father through his words. While Okonkwo speaks to Nwakibie at his hut, Okonkwo says, “I know what it is to ask a man to trust another with his yams, especially these days when young men are afraid of hard work. I am not afraid of work (21).” This shows Okonkwowants to succeed with his farm and not go into debt like his father. He is more determined to work hard on his farm. Okonkwo shows fear of becoming like his father. Okonkwo shows fear of looking weak through his actions, thoughts, and words. Okonkwo shows fear of looking weak through his actions. Okonkwo drinks wine from the head of a man he killed in war (10). Okonkwo wants the Ibo tribe to look at his social status as a strong warrior. Okonkwo shows fear of looking weak through his thoughts. Okonkwo contemplates killing Ikemefuna (61). Okonkwo did not want to look weak even though he cared for Ikemefuna...

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