Who Is Okonkwo In Things Fall Apart

analytical Essay
390 words
390 words

Throughout Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, the protagonist Okonkwo is portrayed as a defiant character who stands by and believes every word that comes out of his mouth. His actions and thoughts combined with his family life give the readers a very good understanding of what kind of leader he would be, including what possible conflict his leadership could lead to. At a very young age, Okonkwo is an honor to the village of Umuofia due to his defeat of a wrestler from the rival village of Mbaino. Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, does not give Okonkwo an easy start to his young life. Unoka is known around the village to be selfish, carefree, and a considerable debtor and Okonkwo is expected to follow suit. The reader immediately sees Okonkwo’s inspiration to be as arduous as he can: “Okonkwo’s fear was greater than these. It was not external but lay deep within himself. It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.” -pg. 13. …show more content…

On a night before the ever-anticipated New Yam Festival, Okonkwo’s second wife is caught cutting off the leaves of a banana tree. Okonkwo thinks that she is planning to kill the tree, and he is furious: “He pressed the trigger and there was a loud report accompanied by the wail of his wives and children. … and there lay the woman, very much shaken and frightened but quite unhurt.” (Achebe, pg. 39) Okonkwo has many outbursts and he often puts several people’s lives in danger because of his actions. He, in fact, kills two people who are very near and dear to the Igbo people in Umuofia. A young boy by the name of Ikemefuna is a sacrifice from the rival village Mbaino who is given up to Umuofia to compensate for the murder of Ogbuefi Udo’s wife. Three years after Ikemefuna is taken into Okonkwo’s family, Ezeudu comes to Okonkwo’s obi and tells him that the Oracle declares that Ikemefuna must be

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chinua achebe's novel things fall apart portrays okonkwo as a defiant character who stands by and believes every word that comes out of his mouth.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo is tenacious, but he makes mistakes that don't bring about the most desirable results.
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