18). The shame of a father like Unoka drove Okonkwo into the passion of being nothing but successful in his life. Everything about Okonkwo had to be acknowledged and respected whether be his family or the people in the village. The true hatred of his father derived his power when the author stated, “Okonkwo was ruled by one passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness” (pg.13).
In the case of Unoka he had achieve no titles and was a debtor. Unoka had a great childhood and loved the good fare and the good fellowship but “Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure” (Achebe 5).He was said to be poor and his wife and children barely had enough to eat, this caused people to laugh at him because he was a slacker. This caused Okonkwo to have no patience with unsuccessful men also “He had no patience with his father” (Achebe 4). Therefore Unoka and Okonkwo had no father and son relationship, he despised he father so much that he forgot to be a father to Nwoye. Due that his father was such a lazy man he also had to support his own mother and sister which was not his duty.
Okonkwo displays an heir of masculinity due to his own insecurities and unleashes his wrath on the people close to him, while Holly’s masculinity is unleashed during times of necessity and in hunting. Throughout his life, Okonkwo was ashamed of his father, Unoka. Throughout his life, Unoka was a poor and lazy man and was unable to support his family, which in the society of the Umofia was viewed as one of the most shameful things a man can do. Growing up Okoknow was embarrassed and vowed to be the polar opposite of his father. He was scared that he too would one day become the man (or lack of a man) that his father was (Achebe 15).
However, beyond this manly display of strength and fortitude lies a man whose life is dominated by fear, a fear of being considered a failure. The main contribution to this fear is his father Unoka. When talking about Okonkwo, it is hard for Unoka's name not to come up, as he has been such a great influence and contribution to his personality, and the way in which he chooses to live his life. Throughout his life, Unoka had been a lazy, incompetent man, who was regarded as a failure by the majority of his fellow clan members. Unlike Okonkwo, he was a very peaceful, merry man who disliked war and violence.
It was slow and painful. 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" (Achebe, 18). Okonkwo is consciously opposed to anything perceived as feminine or soft. He struggles to be as different from his deceased father as possible.
As Okonkwo refused to become his father and Nwoye didn’t believe in his father’s belief. In “Things Fall Apart” the opening chapter shows Okonkwo and his father, Unoka, relation. Unoka was a gentle, weak man, that could not stand the sight of blood making him a failure in the tribe as a man.“Unoka, the grown-up, was a failure.”(Achebe ,6).As he was thift man who always landed himself in debt. Okonkwo
Okonkwos' fathers failure is what truly drives him to be as powerful and as respected as possible, and with this power comes many respectable titles and honors. With three wives and many children, Okonkwo earns great titles and also great respect, he is recognized as a powerful and wealthy man who worked hard to transform himself from a man with nothing to a man with everything; wealth, power, respect, yams, wives, children, everything that is valued in Umuofian tribe. ... ... middle of paper ... ...cks, and fears weak people, like his son Nwoye, who he is constantly critiquing for being weak and feminine, two qualities a man should never acquire. Overall, Okonkwo is a crucial part to the story Things Fall Apart, for he represents African culture, and helps demonstrate how colonization can change everything. Through this book we see how colonization changed history, and how it is important for groups, tribes, societies to stay together in times of invasion, in order to protect their own customs and traditions; and how crucial a sense of unity would've been for the Umuofian tribe.
“Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness….It was not external but lay deep within himself. It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.” Okonkwo’s father was a lazy, carefree man whom had a reputation of being “poor and his wife and children had just barely enough to eat... they swore never to lend him any more money because he never paid back.” (5) Unoka had never taught Okonkwo what was right and wrong, and as a result Okonkwo had to interpret how to be a “good man”. Okonkwo’s self-interpretation leads him to conclude that a “good man” was someone who was the exact opposite of his father and therefore anything that his father did was weak and unnecessary. Okonkwo’s fear leads him to treat members of his family harshly, in particular his son, Nwoye.
I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me." (89), that Carton is a depressed man with no self-esteem. In his conversation with Sydney, he goes on about his countless amount of chances he had to better himself, but just never had the energy to actually follow through with it. The way that Carton is affected by society is that, he feels that he should be unhappy so he is unhappy. He explains that he was not always happy, but now he feels that life has nothing to offer him and he is useless, “Sydney Carton, idlest and most unpromising of men.” (91) Sydney Carton had always been the brains behind Stryvers acts in court, but was never recognized because he didn’t feel the need to be recognized.
Chinua Achebe through motifs and symbolism creates characters that are polar opposites to Okonkwo. Who survive and even thrive through their destruction of their culture. Okonkwo often fears that his oldest son Nwoye shows more resemblance to his grandfather, Unoka. Unoka is a failure in the village due to his debts, laziness, and lack of contribution towards the community. Okonkwo despised his father as he had failed to provide for him as a child.