The Man Who Would Be King Literary Analysis

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Masculinity Power, honor and dominance, all the necessary elements to be a man. In the novel Things Fall Apart and the short story, The Man Who Would Be King the main characters must sacrifice their themselves in order to achieve what they want the most, which is respect and authority. My paper will analyze the concepts of masculinity in The Man Who Would Be King by Rudy Kipling and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. In the novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe there's a man named Okonkwo, he is known for his masculinity. At such a young age of eighteen, Okonkwo brought honor to his family by beating the great Amalinze the Cat. Okonkwo has no other choice but to learn on his own to be a man because his father was a coward, a failure and above all lazy. It would be the end of Okonkwo if he ever lets himself become like his father. Okonkwo's father has been a burden but also an inspiration for him to work harder.The shiver are sent down Okonkwo back at the thought of his father failures. Okonkwo now has three wives and children, having more wives mean that Okonkwo is able to take care of them and provide everything they need to in order to survive
Dominance is used to establish masculinity because it shows
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Okonkwo was very poor when he was younger. Dravot and Peachey were called loafers and would ride in the lower class train section. In some way both Dravot and Peachey gain power when they become kings, the people look up to their kings.The kings can give people insight because Dravot and Peachey are the “chosen one”. As for Okonkwo the moment he proved himself worthy, that was the day he became a man. Okonkwo would not let people step over him, they had in the past when he was a child but times have change and people looked up to him especially because he gained his honor so

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