Analysis Of Chinua Achebe 's ' Things Fall Apart ' Essay

1021 Words Oct 5th, 2014 5 Pages
Oliver Vonderhaar
Honors English 10
6 October 2014
Like Father, Unlike Son
Family is significant for all people, especially at young ages. Fathers play an important role while their sons are growing up, effecting their personality and other traits.. This can be good or bad. Chinua Achebe makes this an obvious point in Things Fall Apart. Father-son relationships over three generations have the power to influence the personality traits of each son in Achebe’s writing. Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, unintentionally influences Okonkwo’s violent and hardworking personality by motivating him not to be unsuccessful and lazy like himself. In the opening pages, Achebe describes Unoka’s unproductive and idle life of not receiving a title, owing people borrowed money at all times, and his lackluster farming and why Okonkwo wouldn’t want to model himself after his father. Okonkwo has much more potential for greatness than what his father accomplished because his father accomplished nothing, “any wonder then that his son Okonkwo was ashamed of him? Fortunately, among these people a man was judged according to his worth and not according to the worth of his father. Okonkwo was clearly cut out for great things”(Achebe 8). Unoka was not hardworking or successful, which causes Okonkwo to be ashamed of him. Okonkwo knows he has the ability to succeed unlike his father, and in turn motivates him to work hard. Every time Okonkwo thinks of his father, “he expelled it by thinking about his…

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