Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

1784 Words Nov 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Within every man stands a story to be told; one that is evolving day by day and night by night. Each new experience births a fresh reaction that represents a strand of generational DNA. As the chain of events progresses, two things may occur. An individual may follow in path of this genetic pull or dislike it so much that he/she may stray far away from it. In the case of Okonkwo, it was the latter.
Because Okonkwo did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as a lazy, gentle, and poor man, he decided to create his own legacy. Some may consider this honorable although, as Okonkwo’s character evolves, it becomes evident that he remains crippled by his own desire to escape his father’s shadow. He envisioned his father as weak, yet his own mindset in turn has weakened him in various areas. This is the narrative in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The generational traits impact the characterizations of each individual in such a profound way. Okonkwo may have hated the legacy his father left behind, nevertheless there was no where for him to run away from the bloodline that flowed so heavily through him.
Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, according to the Umuofia clan, embodied what it meant to be a useless man. The Umuofia people valued manhood of which Unoka knew nothing about. His characteristics were frowned upon in this culture. Unoka was known as ‘agbala’ which was a term used to often describe a woman but in this case symbolized a man who took no title. Men were respected…

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