Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

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U.S. politician, Frank A. Clark, once said “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he [is] meant to be” (Clark). Clark’s statement about fatherhood probably resonates with many dads, however, the title character of this novel’s father is an exception. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe there is an interconnected theme of attempting to break predestination, due to intergenerational hatred. The central character Okonkwo is continuously trying to break the cycle of “weakness” in his family by achieving success, but his thirst for respect, horrible paternal relationships, death and burial lead him to his inescapable fate, which is his fellow clansmen remembering him as a duplicate of his “weak” father.
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the title character Okonkwo spends his whole adult life revolting against the destiny his father has preserved for him. The only way Okonkwo successfully defects though, is through having strength. According to Things Fall Apart, a clansman told Unoka, Okonkwo 's father, “You, Unoka, are known in all the clan for the weakness of your machete and your hoe. When your neighbors go out with their ax to cut down virgin forests, you sow your yams on exhausted farms that take no labor to clear” (Achebe, Things Fall). This quote in the book shows how uncaring and lazy Unoka typically is, in addition to showing a contrast between Unoka and Okonkwo. Throughout the book, the readers view Okonkwo as being diligent…

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