Symbols In Things Fall Apart, By Chinua Achebe

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The Way the Cookie Crumbles U.S. politician, Frank A. Clark, once said “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he [is] meant to be” (Clark).Clark’s statement about fatherhood probably resonates with many dads, however, the title character of this novel’s father is an exception. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe there is an interconnected theme of attempting to break predestination, due to intergenerational hatred. The central character Okonkwo’s continuous efforts to prevent developing into his nemesis, plus his horrible relationships with the men in his family leads Okonkwo to his inescapable fate, which is to evolve into his paradoxical father . In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the…show more content…
The first offence Okonkwo makes against the earth goddess is through beating his wife during the week of peace. In keeping with Things Fall Apart, “His staff came down again. “The evil you have done can ruin the whole clan. The earth goddess whom you have insulted may refuse to give us her increase, and we shall all perish”” (Achebe, Things Fall). Okonkwo beats his wife for not making dinner for him, but he does repent and thus he is not punished by the earth goddess. The next offence Okonkwo makes is greater than his first. According to the Kalu Ogbaa, “For the second time Okonkwo commits an 'abominable ' act which warrants the warning from Obierika: 'What you have done will not please the Earth. It is the kind of action for which the goddess wipes out whole families ' (pp. 60-61). Artistically the warning foreshadows the destruction and exile that follow Okonkwo 's killing of Ezeudu 's sixteen year-old son” (Ogbaa, Suicide). This quote can show the reader how weighty the second offence Okonkwo makes is. Okonkwo repents to Ani, the earth goddess, once again, but this time she punishes him by banishing Okonkwo and his family to his mother 's homeland.Okonkwo accidentally kills a boy and ergo is spilling the blood of a clansmen. So, Obierika’s previous prediction comes true and the “goddess wipes out whole families” by having Okonkwo and his family flee from their homes. In essence, Okonkwo continues to generate felonies against Ani at the same rate that he repents, which begs the question will Okonkwo’s transgressions catch up to
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