Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

Good Essays
Although his dad was an unhonoured and a lazy man. Okonkwo ,the son of Unoka , has managed to become an influential clan leader in Umofia. Since his childhood Okokwo was always embarrassed of his dad. To begin with, Unoka was a lazy man, he left all his farming for the last minute; moreover, he was a profligate and a spendthrift, he borrowed money from his clansmen and never returned them back .Furthermore, he was soft and liked music also he feared the sight of blood; therefore, he never became a warrior. Due to his irresponsible habit, Unoka was poor and didn’t have an obi or a farm to support himself which meant that his wife and children had barely enough to eat which implied Unoka was incapable of taking care of his family, that task was considered the most important for the father of a family . …show more content…
Although Unoka was lazy, he still had something that Okonkwo did not have, gentleness, a feminine trait that Okonkwo hated . Unlike his father okonkwo was productive and hardworking. As he can not count on his dad's help in building his own wealth he had to work hard to make up for his father's negative strikes against him. He asked Nwaikibie, a rich man, to give him 400 seed yams to start a farm and because Nwaikibie admired his hardworking habit he gave him double what he asked. Due to his persevering habit Okonkwo became quite wealthy and supported 3 women and 8 children, he also gave each woman her own hut and had his own obi. Furthermore Okonkwo was violent and ruled his house wih fear and a heavy hand. He frequently beated his family members for several reasons that were irrelevant for him, for example he assaulted his youngest wife for being negligible as she went to do her hair and didn’t prepare dinner. Moreover, he birched his oldest son Nwoye as he found him

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Things Fall Apart Essay Fear In Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo has a fear of weakness and failure. Although Okonkwo is the strongest man in Umuofia, Okonkwo’s fear of failure does not permit him to be a true genuine person. Okonkwo's life is driven by his fear of imperfection and becoming a failure. Therefore he avoids anything that will prevent him from failing. Okonkwo, one of the most powerful men in Umuofia, is feared and honored. For example, "Okonkwo was well known throughout…

    • 688 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Significance of Women In the blink of an eye everything can change. In areas of the lower Niger, Okonkwo, the main character of Chinua Achebe's novel, Things Fall Apart, experiences this sudden change. Okonkwo lives in a village Umuofia, where men are seen to be superior to women. Okonkwo is banished from his village and seven years later when he comes back he is disappointed to see his manly village turn, “soft like women” (183). Throughout the novel Ibo women can be seen as mistreated because…

    • 964 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    between tradition and change. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe we see this struggle happen with the main character, Okonkwo. He is a man who has gained respect with his people by hard work throughout his life without having a role model father who eventually died while in debt. Okonkwo’s identity is challenged by the cultural collision because it endangered his role within his people, changed his people’s ways and views toward him, and caused his family to break apart. The Ibo tradition was challenged…

    • 735 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Things Fall Apart Essay In the book Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe has a lot of hidden stories and explanations to certain things. The allegory, The Tortoise and the Feast in the Sky helps decipher the direct meaning, the cultural meaning and the readers meaning. All three of these help relate to the novel’s meaning itself. Direct meaning can also mean the representation of the characters. When Okonkwo kills the white man, his tribe doesn’t do anything to help or back him up. An…

    • 793 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    The definition of hero is a man admired for his achievements andqualities, especially one displaying great courage. The presence of a hero has been around in nearly every novel of some nature. Throughout the book, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe presentsmany aspects of how the tragic hero, Okonkwo, portrays the author's own characterization of a tragic hero. Okonkwo is a tragic hero in the typical sense: although he is a superior character, his tragic flaw, the equation of manliness with rashness…

    • 741 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Things Fall Apart (Chapters 1-4) Conflict between tradition and change “Okonkwo did not have the start in life in which many young men usually had. He did not inherit a barn from his father. There was no barn to inherit” (Achebe 16). Traditionally in Umuofia, when a man dies, his son inherits his assets. Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, was scared by the sight of blood, in an immense amount of debt and did not support his family. As a result of Okonkwo’s father having no title, Okonkwo was left…

    • 509 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart.” This quote tell the truth when it comes to the Imperialist stereotypes which are placed upon Africa. Stereotypes label Africa as an uncivilized continent. However, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, illustrates the civilization in Umuofia as an advanced society. Achebe contradicts the stereotypes of Africa through the presence of Igbo culture…

    • 809 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    character. Through a slave women's suicide, Foster reveals that in some situations, "the only power they have, is that they may choose to die" (101). In Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo's suicide, an act of self-directed violence, was his way of escaping from the control of the white missionaries and preventing himself from facing the fall of Umuofia. Okonkwo is an aggressive man who despises weakness and failure due to the cowardliness of his father, Unoka. His strong adherence to Ibo…

    • 371 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is the story of an Ibo tribe before and during the arrival of white missionaries. The main character, Okonkwo, is a highly respected man within his society who slowly falls in esteem as the story goes on. He involves himself in more and more conflicts with the people around him, including an ongoing battle of impossibly high standards for his son Nwoye, who decides to leave his family in the end for the Anglican Church. The warrior archetype Okonkwo is too rooted…

    • 687 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart 18. Why do you think Okonkwo kills himself at the end of the novel? Okonkwo commits suicide because there seemed to be no other way out for him. He had lost his place in his own culture that was now conquered by the Church and its Christian values. He knew that the Europeans eventually would execute him because he killed the messenger. Being a proud man, he preferred to take his fate in his own hands and commit suicide, instead of letting the Europeans control…

    • 679 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays