Analysis Of Okonkwo's Motivations In Things Fall Apart

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Imagine you are boy live in Africa and come from a poor family. Imagine that your father cannot provide for your family and you owe a lot of money to friends and relatives, he has to pay back; moreover, he is not respected at all he has no titles. How would you respond, make a name for yourself, and prove that you are nothing like your father? Okonkwo perfectly fits this description. Written by Chinua Achebe in 1958, Things Fall Apart takes place in Nigeria and centers the story about Okonkwo when he becomes a man. Okonkwo is an aggressive man with a short temper; he also is a self-made, able-bodied, and respected member of the Umuofia clan who quickly rises to power in his village after he wins a wrestling as a teenager. Every action he takes, from working day …show more content…
In high-pressure situations, he will take the more aggressive route because of the constant fear of being remembered as his father Unoka. Okonkwo's main motivations are fear of being as weak, lack of productivity, and resentment to his father. Okonkwo does not like being treated or thought of as weak.
One of Okonkwo's main motivations is the fear of being constituted weak like his father. Okonkwo feels if he is weak and not manly to shows mercy. He feels he will be considered a weak person. He was influenced by what other people called and said about his father. "Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure. He was poor... People laughed at him because he was a loafer, and they swore never to lend him any more money because he never paid back."(Achebe 5) Unoka was a careless man who did not manage his money very well. Unoka also was a pacifist who did not like war. Okonkwo had very much the opposite feeling. "Unoka was never happy

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