Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Essay

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Okonkwo’s society may be different then other societies, but that does not mean that there are not similarities. The two societies may deem different things acceptable, so what should be considered “normal”? Okonkwo is a self-made, well-respected member of the Umuofia clan. He is violent and beats his family, which is acceptable in this Nigerian tribe during this time period. Over the course of the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo develops his temper through changes and his own actions, influences from other characters, and teaches readers to stay true to oneself and don 't let fear control one’s actions. At the beginning of the story, Okonkwo is different because he starts off cruel and violent then changes for the better as the story progresses. First, Okonkwo is raging and extremely violent. In the text, “It was late afternoon before Nwoye returned. He went into the obi and saluted his father, but he did not answer. Nwoye turned round to walk into the inner compound when his father, suddenly overcome with fury, sprang to his feet and gripped him by the neck” (Achebe 151). Okonkwo was a violent cruel man because of his father. His father was unwealthy and hated violence and Okonkwo wanted to be nothing like him. he vowed to be more wealthy and violent, and he did. Second, later in the novel, Okonkwo attitude changed because of his own actions and thought. After Ikemefuna’s murder, “Okonkwo did not taste food for two days” (Achebe 63). He began to start…

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