The Major Themes Of Masculinity In All Things Fall Apart

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All Things Fall Apart was a book filled with many lessons that not only can be used during college but throughout the rest of our lives. The most impactful parts that the book spoke about the major struggle between changing, or staying the same and keeping the tradition. Another main “theme” or characteristic was many divergent views of what a man should be, and how a “real” man should look. Another part of the book that stood out in my eyes was the use of representations in order to represent what is actually happening and foreshadowing what is to come. These are the concepts while reading that made this book one of a kind, and it seemed to almost come to life and was an adventure; with many different twist and turns throughout the entire book. From the very beginning of the book, it is very obvious that the societal view of masculinity is going to play a very large role in the main character, Okonkwo’s life, and throughout the book. Okonkwo from the very beginning it is very obvious he despises his deceased father, Unoka. Okonkwo and his father varied vastly, Okonkwo was a highly respected and fearless warrior in his village of Iguedo, as well as being a fearsome warrior he…show more content…
Throughout the book we are taken on a roller coaster ride of a journey, through Okonkwo’s life. To beginning as a strong manly leader of a village to his very rash decisions that ultimately was his downfall. All Things Fall Apart is an excellent portrayal of our lives, and how important it is to be humble and thankful for all that you have been blessed with, even if it is not what is asked for, or wanted. We are given what is necessary, not always what our desire is. Okonkwo was consumed with overcoming his fathers image and was on a mission to be everything that his father never was, that he forgot to just be himself and that is why Okonkwo was never to fulfill everything he was capable
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