Character Analysis Of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

analytical Essay
1780 words
1780 words

Within every man is a story to be told; one that is evolving day by day and night by night. Each new experience births a fresh reaction that represents a strand of generational DNA. As the chain of events progresses, two things may occur. An individual may follow in path of this genetic pull or dislike it so much that he/she may stray far away from it. In the case of Okonkwo, it was the latter.
Because Okonkwo did not want to follow in his father’s footsteps as a lazy, gentle, and poor man, he decided to create his own legacy. Some may consider this honorable; but as Okonkwo’s character evolves, it is clear that he is crippled by his own desire to escape his father’s shadow. He envisioned his father as weak but his own mindset in turn has weakened him in many areas. This is the narrative in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The generational traits impact the characterizations of each individual in such a profound way. Okonkwo may have hated the legacy his father left behind but there was no where for him to run away from the bloodline that flowed so heavily through him. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that each new experience births a fresh reaction that represents generational dna. an individual may follow in path of this genetic pull or dislike it so much that he/she may stray far away.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo is crippled by his own desire to escape his father's shadow. the generational traits impact the characterizations of each individual in such a profound way.
  • Analyzes okonkwo's father, unoka, according to the umuofia clan, embodied what it meant to be a useless man.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo was motivated by the lackluster efforts of his father. his deepest thoughts spewed hatred for unoka that drove him to be the exact opposite.
  • Explains that okonkwo was not judged according to his father's worth, which allowed him to become a well-respected man.
  • Explains that okonkwo was quick to anger and had no patience for unsuccessful men. he once beat his wife for not preparing his meal during the week of peace.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo knew how to kill a man's spirit. he was sharp with his tongue and didn't respect men without titles.
  • Explains that the arrival of ikemefuna revealed a great deal about the character of okonkwo, who was chosen to keep and raise the boy until they decided what to do with him.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo was fond of ikemefuna, but he never revealed his approval of his son's growth.
  • Describes how umuofia decided to kill ikemefuna, who lived with okonkwo for three years and was now well-adjusted to his environment.
  • Narrates how a wise man warned and instructed okonkwo to have nothing to do with the death of ikemefuna. the boy was afraid to look back as if his adopted father left him.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo was more concerned about his image amongst his peers than his love for ikemefuna. it takes a special kind of person to have the courage to kill someone who calls him father.
  • Narrates how okonkwo couldn't sleep at night because he kept thinking about ikemefuna. he began to question things internally after the death of his dear friend.
  • Explains that okonkwo was a warrior who was not scared of blood. however, he was exiled with his family and could not return until after seven years.
  • Describes how missionaries settled in umuofia and won over many converts. okonkwo's son nwaye became a convert and disowned his father.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo excelled in the same culture that troubled his son. now that the church grew, it challenged the customs of umuofia.
  • Narrates how okonkwo returned to umuofia and felt like his father who didn't fit in the society he was a part of. he fought against the church, and anger was at an all-time high.
  • Narrates how okonkwo killed one of the umuofia clan's men, despite the uproar and the plan of action, the clan failed to support him.
  • Describes how okonkwo felt he had no other choice but to kill himself. he hung himself on a tree which was considered an abomination.
  • Opines that okonkwo was a strong willed man, but his constant opposition to becoming like his father brought him sorrow and ultimately led to his death. his fate was sealed since the beginning.

The Umuofia people valued manhood of which Unoka knew nothing about. His characteristics were frowned upon in this culture. Unoka was known as ‘agbala’ which was a term used to often describe a woman but in this case symbolized a man who took no title. Men were respected for being warriors and leaders. Unoka was a borrower of money who could never keep money nor return it. He was also a coward who feared the sight of blood. Unoka even failed at the most basic of responsibilities which was to provide for his family. It may be considered that he was born at a time that was not suitable for his

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