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Things Fall Apart Essay

  • Submitted by: redhotcokebeds
  • on December 11, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 752 words

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Like Oedipus in “Oedipus Rex,” Okonkwo is a well respected warrior and figure among his peers.   Oedipus conquers many on his way to becoming a king; Okonkwo is considered to be the strongest and toughest warrior in his tribal nation.   Both fear weakness, which lead to their fall from greatness and their eventual deaths.   In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe uses Okonkwo’s predicament to represent male’s general concern of appearing weak and feminine to its peers, highlighting this concern through Okonkwo’s lifestyle as opposed to his father’s, the killing of Ikemefuna, and his relationships with his family.
Okonkwo despises his father and his father’s lifestyle.   His father, Unoka, “is a failure” and “always succeeds in borrowing more [money], and piling up his debts.”   Unoka has lost the respect of many in his tribe and Okonkwo wills himself to be a stronger and more successful person than his father.   Unoka shows an artistic side with his talented musical skills, but Okonkwo sees these talents as weak and disgraceful to men.   Okonkwo’s idea of happiness is to be successful and strong, much to the opposite extreme of Unoka who is poor and weak.   “Okonkwo is clearly cut out for great things” and his fears of “his father’s failure and weakness” push him to a high status in the Igbo culture.   “Okonkwo’s father is agbala,” meaning woman like.   Okonkwo lives by a passion to hate everything Unoka loved.
Okonkwo adopts Ikemefuna into his family and respects Ikemefuna as a person although he never shows it because he fears that showing any affection is a sign of weakness.   “Ikemefuna begins to feel like a member of Okonkwo’s family” and “he and Nwoye become deeply attached to each other.”   “Okonkwo is inwardly pleased with [Nwoye]’s development” due, in large part, to the time Nwoye spends with Ikemefuna.   Ikemefuna turns Nwoye from many of his feminine ways.   “They no longer spend the evenings in mother’s hut while she cooks, but now sit with Okonkwo in his obi.”...

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