A kid to him wasn?t nothing. All he wanted was for you to learn how to walk so he could start you to working? (548; I,4). Although Troy had very little respect for his father and vowed to be nothing like him, many of his father?s harsh personality traits show up in his own personality. Despite Troy?s continuous attempts to push himself away from anything he had ever known about his father, the inheritance of such irrational behavior was inevitable because it was all he had ever known.
Due to Okonkwo’s fear of becoming his father, he found himself struggling with his identity as both a father and leader in Umofia. As a father, he noticed that none of his sons met his expectations because they failed to take responsibility for their actions, fulfill their duties in the field, and acted more like their mothers. Therefore, Okonkwo often wondered whether he was “cashing in my (his) bad luck” (line 1). In other words, he was questioning whether he was a suitable father or if he was worse than his own father. Meanwhile, in his village, he was seen as a great leader.
Okonkwo treated everything his father was, kindness and idleness as a weakness that lead to failure. “ Okonkwo was ruled by one passion-to hate everything that his father Unkoa had loved.One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness.”(Achebe,13) since he refused to grow up to be a failure. Okonkwo was a fierce warrior that ruled himself over his masculinity and anger unlike his father. He wanted to be as manly as possible but that lead him to have problems with his eldest son , Nwoye. Nwoye and Okonkwo relation is complex having many different stages but just like Okonkwo and his father it become pieces.
Okonkwo was sent away because of his fear for failure as he always wanted to be the best. This fear built up in him because when he grew up he saw his father becoming the coward that he was. He also built up the fear that he will not fail no matter what. His tragic moments come in the middle or rising action of the book and therefor the book comes alive. Okonkwo had bad chi (energy) therefor the smallest things annoyed him.
Okonkwo’s birthright was fear, fear that he would become like his father. His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. The irony in the story is that Okonkwo’s life ends much like his father’s had ended. Both father and son died in ways that were considered appalling with Unoka dying from swelling and Okonkwo taking his own life. Okonkwo struggles to do everything differently than his father which results in Okonkwo bringing pain to his family, becoming an arrogant person, and ending his life in a way that is considered an abomination to the tribe.
It is said that to kill oneself “is an abomination for a man… his body is evil, and only strangers may touch it” (207). Suicide is regarded as a grave sin and a shameful way of dying, and any man who commits suicide is seen as a failure and weak. Okonkwo is just that: a failure and weak. Okonkwo spends his whole life trying to be seen as a success and continuously performs act of strength even though he sometimes has to pay a price for it. In the end he pays the highest price of all, which is his life, and all his efforts to be successful become useless.
Hence, when he died, he had achieved no title plus he was in severe debt. The debt was passed down to his son, Okonkwo. The piling up of debt has made Okonkwo into a stoic human. He believed that showing emotions would make him weak, a characteristic he blindly associated with femininity. He was always violent and used to act without thinking, which was against the Igbo culture because they believed in peaceful solution and thinking before doing something.
They created an internal fear of losing his worth and becoming like his father- weak and effeminate. Therefore, Okonkwo morphed into a man with a masculine personality and uncontrollable anger. Okonkwo’s flaws enveloped him and controlled his actions- he becomes resistant and unable to bend with the changes taking place in his village. In Achebe’s, Things Fall Apart, the main character Okonkwo self-destructs due to his internal flaws of fear, masculinity, anger and inability to adapt with change. Okonkwo strived to be unlike his effeminate and apathetic father who was referred to as “agbala” or "a man who had taken no title."
Throughout the story, Achebe highlights the internal weaknesses that Okonkwo has, which includes his own fear of weakness. These flaws, along with the conflicts around Okonkwo, all contribute to his tragic death. The biggest factor in this downfall is his exile. He was away from the clan for 7 years, and during those long years, his fatherland went through drastic changes, with the arrival of the Christians and the church. Although Okonkwo believed that he would be able to restore his image after the banishment was over, the reader knew that this was unequivocally impossible.
This great warrior to the people was the fear side, the insecurities of not wanting to be his father’s image, “his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of