Okonkwo is a vicious man which is shown when he kills the messenger at the Igbo’s meeting. He absolutely hates his son Nwoye for joining the European church. Okonkwo ultimately fails when he comes back to Umuofia and no one supports him in rebelling against the Europeans. I. Okonkwo failed when he could not get anyone to rebel with him. A. European’s had started to take over.
While everyone was working on their farm, Unoka did nothing but drink, dance, and just plainly prayed to the gods. Okonkwo was ashamed of him and did everything possible to never end up like his father. When the narrator stated, “With father like Unoka, Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men had…But he threw himself into it like one possessed. And indeed he was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death” (pg. 18).
In his opinion he believes that being manly was the only option. He allowed the idea to consume him and the lingering fear of failure make him into a different person. Consequently this becomes Okonkwo to brome irrational with his actions. For instance in one scene Ekwefi the second lied to calm his anger towards his youngest ... ... middle of paper ... ...mitting a womanly act. “In a flash Okonkwo drew his machete...Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man.
He displays it through the conversation Mr. Brown has with Akuma, in which he “learned a good deal about the religion of the clan” and made the conclusion that “attack… would not succeed” (Achebe 181). Unlike Mr. Smith’s quick and dramatic reaction to the clan, Mr. Brown makes it his duty to interact with the tribe and understand them. Mr. Smith’s refusal to understand the Ibo culture makes him interpret all of their actions as a culture to be violent, such as the burning of the church (Achebe 191). Because of his impatience for comprehension, Mr. Smith sacrifices the harmony that could coexist between the two cultures. Mr. Brown, on the other hand, makes an effort to understand the universal themes and similarities that run through each of their religions, like the importance of an absolute deity.
With that being said, when Okonkwo began to see himself as an unfit father and worse than his own, he reflected this disappointment and hostility towards his village. This caused ... ... middle of paper ... ...Despite Okonkwo killing himself, he finally found his true identity when he returned home and fought to keep his village free from Christians. Everything from worrying about whether he was becoming like his father, being rebellious, breaking the laws, and leaving his father’s land were all necessary to help him find himself. Therefore, when he witnessed how the Christians influenced his village he knew he had to help remove the Christians from Umofia.
The analogy of a slow death shows how much Okonkwo sees the banishment as something that has completely destroyed his life and legacy and that his god had turned against him. In the Ibo tribe the chi or “personal god” plays a pivotal role in each person’s life. In this section we see that Okonkwo has lost faith in his chi saying that “…his personal god or chi was not made for great things.
“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 240). This incident provides further proof of the father’s antipathy and impatience with his son which could have resulted in his death was it not for the uncle’s intervention. Analyzing this story, it can be perceived that Nwoye was estranged from the folklore and creed of the clan. He undermines his father’s social approval and rejected everything that he stood for. Okonkwo’s death came exactly as Nwoye was becoming cognizant of his function within the clan and started to develop a sense of self- awareness.
Okonkwo is the main character within the book, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo is an individual whom has many different personalities that are portrayed in different situations. He can be a nice and welcoming individual but also an abusive and harmful individual. Before returning to Umofia, in which the missionaries had invaded, Okonkwo had grown up upon resenting his father’s laziness, devoting his time in proving that he was much better than his father. That he was more respectable and masculine.
Unlike his village friends, okonkwo stood up for what he had always believed in. this is why he can be identified as a hero. The igbo culture was being taken over by the white missionaries. Okonkwo was having a hard time comprehending and accepting what was happening to his culture because he had been a leader and worked hard to follow what the tribe and his people had told him to do. Okonkwo Did everything he could to try to fight back and to free his culture from the white missionaries, but it wasn't enough.
He realizes that his attempts to return the village back to the way it was before were futile. He knew that Christianity was tearing his people apart, but knew he was incapable of making change to help his people. Okonkwo then starts to feel hopeless and abandoned by his clan, which causes him to commit suicide by hanging himself: “Obierika… turned suddenly to the District Commissioner and said ferociously: ‘That man was one of the greatest men