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Things Fall Apart

Okonkwo, the main character in Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, was a tragic figure.Though he strove to be a good, moral man, his fears and inflexible nature caused him to step out of line with his culture's definition of a good man.Every time he did so, he was in some way chastised or prodded back in the right direction, until finally he went too far and ultimately broke from his society entirely.
"Okonkwo was not a cruel man.But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness."His father, Unoka, was a poor, lazy, gentle soul who was regarded by the clan to be a failure.He died without title and massively in debt."Unoka was never happy when it came to wars.He was in fact a coward and could not bear the sight of blood."This did not sit well with Okonkwo."Even as a little boy he had resented his father's failure and weakness…" When Okonkwo matured, this resentment blossomed and caused Okonkwo to be "…ruled by one passion – to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved."So Okonkwo hated gentleness and idleness, which he saw as weakness and laziness, and cowardliness and peace, which he drove out by becoming a harsh and domineering man prone to violence and war."…[I]ndeed he was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death.”
Okonkwo was a supremely rigidly minded man, and once he set his mind to something, allowed no deviation from that course.For example,”Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger.To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.;Even to his loved ones, he showed only this face, not allowing any sign of what he considered weakness to show through.He treated his family harshly, and had little patience for less successful men.;Okonkwo was not a man of thought but action.&…

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