Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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In times of trouble, there will always be one man who stands up against the difficulties and has the audacity to stand up for what he knows is morally right. This is more commonly known as courage. According to, courage means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery; to act in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism. People may be courageous when faced with difficulties, and this characteristic usually leads to a faster, more efficient solution. Throughout Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, the main character, Okonkwo, shows various examples of courageous actions, thoughts and words by always taking the initiative, which…show more content…
The Ibo always saw Okonkwo's father, Unoka, as a failure and probably expected Okonkwo to be the same. Yet, Okonkwo found many ways to prove them wrong. Achebe writes, "His(Okonkwo's) fame rested on solid personal achievements. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat. Amalinze was the great wrestler who for seven years was unbeaten, from Umuofia to Mbaino" (Achebe 1). By courageously taking on one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Okonkwo gained a lot of popularity within the Ibo. To add on, Okonkwo had the audacity to ask Nwakibie, one of the richest men in the Ibo, for some yam seeds for his farm. If Okonkwo had not gained fame from wrestling, Nwakibie would look back at how irresponsible Okonkwo's father was and probably not give him any seeds. Yet, Okonkwo was very popular, so Nwakibie decided to chance him by giving away 800 of his seeds, double what Okonkwo had wanted! By taking action instead of letting a precious opportunity go by, Okonkwo not only extirpated all the shame his father had bought him, but everyone now saw Okonkwo as a masculine, courageous, and famous
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