Okonkwo In Albert Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory

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Okonkwo is a respected leader in the Umuofia tribe of the Igbo people. At a young age, Okonkwo viewed his father being rejected from the tribe because of his laziness and cowardice. Seeing this, it shaped his life because he learned how to be respected in the Umuofia community. But, Okonkwo is in a constant fear that he will one day become like his father. Okonkwo demonstrates Albert Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory by how he treats himself, how he treats women, and how he treats his children. Albert Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory is the view that people learn by watching others. In psychology, it explains personality in terms of how a person thinks about and responds to one's social environment. Okonkwo has seen that his father was …show more content…
He views that being a woman is lazy, and unsuccessful, like his father, so he believes that being a woman is an insult and a burden. He beats his wives and wishes that his daughter, Ezinma was a boy. “If I had a son like him I should be happy. "' I am worried about Nwoye… If Ezinma had been a boy I would have been happier. She has the right spirit'" (Achebe 74). Okonkwo wants to be the perfect Umuofia tribesmen, that he treats women with disrespect. Okonkwo believes that being feminine is frowned upon in Umuofia tribe, because Okonkwo sees Unoka as lazy, unsuccessful and …show more content…
He demonstrates that you should be masculine, strong, and brave. He shows that you should always follow your elders and not break from the ideals of the tribe. Okonkwo's eldest son, Nwoye, is the most prone to Okonkwo's lessons on being a man and a leader. Okonkwo stresses these to Nwoye because Unoka never did this for Okonkwo, when he was a child. "Okonkwo knew that the boys were still too young to understand fully the difficult art of preparing seed yams. But he thought that one could not begin too early. Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams from one harvest to another was a very great man indeed" (Achebe 33). Okonkwo wanted to teach his son how to be the best man in Umuofia because he did not want Nwoye to resemble anything that is unsuccessful and

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