His fear of failure causes him to disown his oldest son who did not meet his expectations, become well than his idle father, makes a comeback after exile, and keeps his property in check. Okonkwo needs his home, Umuofia to be untouched since its structure and system were measures that gave him worth and meaning in his life. He obligated to this purpose because his childhood and farfetched relationship with his father were one of the roots of his fears and drive for success. As unknown white men came to spread Christianity, Umuofia’s structure changes, Okonkwo was unable to have the life that he was determined to live and could not survive in the new environment which he believed collapsed. Okonkwo despised his father, Unoka, who was an agbala (woman/ no title), did not support the family and owed large amounts of debts.
After Okonkwo gets banished from his original village, he goes to his motherland. There, he learns that white missionaries have arrived in his original village, and have begun converting villagers to Christianity. He becomes so blinded with being the best and being better than his father that he does not want to be weak by conforming to the missionaries’ ways. He is so resistant against the new religion that when his son, Nwoye, comes home from a Christian school, Okonkwo “… suddenly overcome with fury, sprang to his feet and gripped him (Nwoye) by the neck” (151). This only shows how much resentment Okonkwo has for the recent conformations.
His gun exploded and killed Ezeudu’s son. Okonkwo was then banished for seven years, and from there everything started to fall apart. Things Fall Apart and Okonkwo both evoke many emotions; fear, pity, anguish, compassion, and hope. There is a great deal of compassion when his own son went against, him and there is hope that the Ibo culture will stay in tact even though you know the outcome of the white man coming in contact with the Ibo culture. According to Aristotle, tragedies use many metaphors.
Things Fall Apart is all about the “collapse, breaking into pieces, chaos, and confusion” of traditional Igbo culture that suffers at the hand of the white man’s arrival in Umuofia along with his religion. Okonkwo’s own son Nwoye converts to Christianity leaving his own culture bereft because of the suffering he endured after the killing of Ikemefuna, who was a ward left under the care and protection of Okonkwo. As a result, of the accidental killing of a clansmen, Okonkwo was exiled from the village for 7 years and his return back home does very little to uplift his spirits as the village he left 7 years ago was no longer the same. He finds that the new religion has taken over the former one and because of that there is a shift in the
He lived many years feeling remorseful of what led and followed after cheating on his wife. "Now look Biff, when you grow up you'll understand about these things. You mustn't overemphasize a thing like this." (p.120) When Biff first caught his father cheating on his mother he reacted in a very harsh, way leaving his father feeling guilty. Biff began to realize his whole life was a fake.
After the white man shows up everything goes south for Okonkwo and his family, Okonkwo accidentally kills a man and is banished for 7 years and he lost everything including his land and his title. Okonkwo is devastated by the loss of his social status and is struck by grief. Achebe wrote, “ Work no longer had for him [Okonkwo] the same pleas... ... middle of paper ... ...s display the topic of suicide but also because Haemon, Queen Eurydice, and Okonkwo all lost something that was precious to them. Okonkwo watched as his village was taken over by the white man and he was helpless to stop it. he tried to rally his fellow tribesmen and attack the christian but his plan failed almost immediately.
Okonkwo became ashamed of his father in childhood and this shame affected his behaviour throughout his life and ultimately lead to him dying in similar circumstances to his father. Okonkwo’s views on masculinity are greatly affected by how he perceived his father, Unoka, to be. Unoka was a happy and relaxed man but as a result of this he was not accomplished or hard-working. Unoka’s “happiest moments were [...] when the village musicians brought down their instruments, hung about the
Subsequent threats of suicide led to a month long hospitalization, and he was treated for Major Depression. After which Xavier made arrangements to live with a friend, and upon his release from the hospital it was recommended that he continued care in an outpatient setting. When Xavier’s employment ended that outlet was closed, as well as any support he may have received from his co-workers. He is no longer able to support the lifestyle he once lived due to his loss of employment however, because of his depression he has not been looking for work. After three months, Xavier is beginning to feel like a burden to his friend and is having trouble moving on with his life after recent events noting that he would like to feel like a “real man” again.
His father had died a shameful death; Unoka held no titles and was indebted to many. Now Okonkwo had eventually died the same; suicide rendered his body unclean. As a result, Okonkwo had to be buried by strangers. His death was just as humiliating as his father’s. In his novel, Things Fall Apart, Achebe uses one human emotion to display the strengths and weaknesses of his protagonist.
The Fall of Umuofia Chinua Achebe's novel "Things Fall Apart" is a story that illustrates the effects of a new Christian religion in a tribal village in Africa. It is a well distinguished culture and has a value system that continued for many years as they trace back into their ancestry. However, a conflict arises when the culture suddenly starts to fade and modern tribesmen allow white missionaries to intrude on their system and convert many of the tribe's younger members to the Christian faith. The tribal system eventually falls apart because younger members are not able to remember people of the past or unable to relate to violence when they have lived in safety and peace. They then become uninterested in a faith that does not fulfill their needs for music, joy and love, instead of focusing on the obedience of a higher being.