Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1216 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
Scientists have proven that those who hide their emotions tend to resort to violence as a way to express themselves. In today 's society, one typically worries what others think of them. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is afraid that he will be looked down upon if he shows his emotions. In Achebe 's work, he uses the character Okonkwo to challenge the way society forces us to think. By observing the consequences of Okonkwo 's actions, specifically, beating his wife, killing Ikemefuna, and being exiled, it 's evident that there are rarely positive outcomes of portraying one 's emotions falsely.
Okonkwo was known as “a man of action, a man of war. Unlike his father he could stand the look of blood.”(10). Achebe uses pronounced examples of Okonkwo being abusive and violent to make it simple to understand the type of man he is, although there is deeper meaning behind his anger. Chinua Achebe uses this character and his self view as an example of how harshly one typically reflects on himself. We see negative outcomes in Things Fall Apart as this character is self disciplined and meticulous with his actions. Okonkwo often questions himself and the person he wants to be as opposed to the person others see him as,
“‘When did you become a shivering old woman’ Okonkwo asked himself, ‘you, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How has a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a bot to their number? Okonkwo, you have…

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