Umuofia Quotes

analytical Essay
1155 words
1155 words

The novel, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe takes place in a small town within the heartland of Nigeria. In this harsh landscape constant threats include war with other clans, starvation due to lack of a consistent food supply, and the swarm of foreign invaders and missionaries determined to uproot the Igbo culture. The protagonist of this novel is Okonkwo, a respected warrior who intensely aggressive to say the least. His claim to fame is the fact that he is a spitting image of the Igbo ideal (strong, brave and masculine). Okonkwo takes excessive pride in his idealistic attributes. However, this narcissistic attitude proves to be dangerous to his success. Throughout the novel, Okonkwo is forced to battle his anger issues, his dangerously dominant attitude, and most importantly his excessive pride. Okonkwo’s greatest flaw is his hubristic attitude towards his family and clanmates. In order to maintain his pride, Okonkwo commits actions that negatively impact his life. One being the murder of his adopted son, Ikemefuna. Tensions between Umuofia and a neighboring village arise due to a complication resulting in the death of a clan member. As a result, the members of the Umuofia clan demand two youths be sent from th neighboring village as payment for the death. Once they arrive, Okonkwo agrees to …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how things fall apart by china achebe takes place in a small town within the heartland of nigeria. the protagonist is okonkwo, an intensely aggressive warrior who takes excessive pride in his idealistic attributes.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo's hubristic actions negatively impact his life, such as the murder of his adopted son, ikemefuna.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo viciously beats his wife, ojiugo, during the week of peace, in order to appear strong and avoid showing mercy.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo's hubris and obsession with his social status drives him to become a flawed character.
  • Analyzes okonkwo's rejection towards "feminine" actions when he accidentally shoots a young boy during the gun salute.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo rededately attempts to dominate those around him, in order to appear strong and gain respect.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo is a tragic hero who realizes his misdeeds. he lives his life with the fear of being inadequate, of not being the best.

Okonkwo’s youngest wife, Ojiugo, had returned late to cook Okonwo’s meal. In order to appear strong and to avoid showing mercy, he viciously beat her: “He walked back to his obi to await Ojiugo’s return. And when returned he beat her very heavily. In his anger he had forgot it was the Week of Peace” (29). As a result of his outburst, Okonkwo was heavily fined. In this situation, Okonkwo beats his wife instead of showing feeling or mercy, since depiction of feelings are “feminine”. As a matter of fact, Okonkwo portrays his masculinity very often during this

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