The Heart Of Darkness And Things Fall Apart Essay
Fear can be a very powerful emotion, capable of bringing the strongest men to their knees, or allowing the most desolate to reach for the stars. In both the Heart of Darkness and Things Fall Apart, fear plays a major role in the actions of the natives and the invading white man. In several instances we can see the different ideals of the different characters and the role that fear plays in their lives, as well as its effects both positive and negative.
The positive effects of Fear can be seen through the the novel Things fall apart. Okonkwo lives his life with the fear of becoming just like his father. This fear encourages and promotes his activeness in the community and his puts pressure on him too be better. “His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness. It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw. Okonkwo 's fear was greater than these. It was not external but lay deep within himself. It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.” Okonkwo 's fear drives him to success, much like in Heart of Darkness where the Company’s fear of the natives drives them to oppress the natives and use them to mine their resources. In this story, it can be seen as advantages as well for the men to fear the native warriors as it pushes them into control and makes their operation more successful.