Analysis Of Okonkwo's Fall In Things Fall Apart

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The novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, reveals the dynamics of the Ibo tribe that eventually led to Okonkwo’s demise. Okonkwo was taught the values and ways of the tribe which prepared him for failure in a more modern society. The family structure that existed caused many struggles with his father and even his sons. Also, the Ibo tribe valued strength and status. Such ideals opened the door for conflict with the missionaries who are trying to enforce laws and civility. Altogether, Okonkwo was mislead and unwilling to learn another way of life. Although many things contributed to Okonkwo’s downfall, one must explore each reason separately in order to understand. Starting with Okonkwo's father. This culture respected status over everything.…show more content…
Being a father and husband is hard enough on it’s own, but especially in this culture. “I have done my best to make Nwoye grow into a man, there is too much of his mother in him.” (Achebe, 66). Okonkwo struggles with raising his kids to be of tradition. Although he has successful daughters, his sons are where he falls short. Okonkwo believes that Nwoye is lazy and he fails as a father in that respect. “Suppose when he died all his male children decided to follow Nwoye's steps and abandon their ancestors? Okonkwo felt a cold shudder run through him at he prospect, like the prospect of Annihilation.” (Achebe, 153). This is an all too real reality for Okonkwo to face. After raising him the best he could, Nwoye had left him to join the missionaries. This is where the establishment of a new culture started to affect Okonkwo. If he hadn’t been taught by the tribe that manliness and strength were essential attributes that every man must have; his fate may have taken a different…show more content…
“An abominable religion has settled among you. A man can now leave his father and his brothers.” (Achebe, 167). At first the whole population was thrown awry. Then they gradually convert and accept the missionaries more. “Everybody in the assembly spoke, and in the end it was decided to ostracize the Christians. Okonkwo ground his teeth in disgust.” (Achebe, 159). One could see the obvious disagreements Okonkwo had with hs tribesmen and his status in the clan began to have less
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