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Okonkwo's Character In Things Fall Apart

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Chinua Achebe characterizes the novel, “Things Fall Apart” as a doubt of title and confining to a reputation. The main character, Okonkwo, is diminishing his self worth by satisfying his believes of what is believed to be right – a man. Though his stubbornness of truth to value Ibo culture backfires on him repeatedly. Okonkwo’s requirement to being true to his reputation was to keep the tribe, Umuofia, to be unharmed/uncolonized. The root cause of his fear grow from within him as a child from this insignificant person of his father, Unoka. The want of wanting more and to be this leader for Umuofia, but also to his family. The choice of man to the society or man for himself was what kept the drive of fear in Okonkwo. Within this battle of whom Okonkwo was, he himself presented a ruthless, vigorous, and vicious of “Okonkwo”. 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…show more content…
Until he was old enough to began farming his own yams, “- and what made it worse in Okonkwo’s case was that he had to support his mother and sisters […] also meant supporting his father.” (22) This sense of strength to be better than his father since he didn’t inherit all the stuff from his father like every young man would. Okonkwo began to look at life different from others. His mind as he perceived his acceptance in the village gave him the fearlessness, power, and respect to his life’s goal. It came to reach the point of exaggerating to impress the people with the example of manhood. “Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams from one harvest to another was a very great man indeed”, displays reason what defined Okonkwo of a