Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall

839 Words Dec 1st, 2016 4 Pages
In the Novel “Things Fall Aprt” by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo has placed himself in the Umuofia society making him a highly respective figure at a young age. He is described as strong and powerful man. However, Okonkwo has an excessive fear of being like his father, so as a result he begins at an early age to prove to his tribe that he is strong and brave. As a result, he becomes an aggressive, angry, and violent man in trying to distance himself from his father; consequently making him responsible for his own downfall.
Okonkwo has a fierce temper that causes him to take actions that do not help him in his search for power within his tribe. Whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists (Things fall Apart 2). He is a very rash person and, when in rage, he does not think about the consequences of his actions. Okonkwos father, Unoka, causes Okonkwo to be confused about life. Unoka was a complete failure in the eyes of the Umuofia people because of his womanish way of thinking, and, when Unoka died he did not take any title at all and he was heavily in debt ( Things Fall Apart 5). Okonkwo is so greatly ashamed of his father that he based many of his beliefs about how life should be lived by doing things exactly the opposite of his father. At first, Okonkwo had much success doing this, but his mind was so twisted that he did not develop a good personality and thought only of doing things so he would not be considered a woman. He was…

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