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