Quotes with Citations
These are the first lines of the book. The narrator is introducing Onkonkwo’s character and how he became what he was in the book.
“Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His 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.” (1.1)
Onkonkwo has a good reputation especially after his victory over a talented athlete in a wrestling match. This triumphant achievement led to an upgrade in his social hierarchy as he became a leader of Umuofia.
Onkonkwo’s father had a bad reputation as he was considered weak and unsuccessful.…show more content… “he was not afraid of war. He was a man of action, a man of war. Unlike his father he could stand the look of blood. In Umuofia’s latest war he was the first to bring home a human head.” (2.8)
This shows Onkonkwo isn’t afraid to inflict violence towards anyone. This could be crucial to his characterization towards the end of the book.
Onkonkwo was intrigued by Enzima. Enzima was Ekwefi’s daughter. Onkonkwo is there with Enzima as she does her normal things.
“But his fondness only showed on very rare occasions.” (5.38)
Onkonkwo shown a little bit of his feelings and emotions through his interest in Enzima. However, he barely showed his emotions. This characterizes him as a reserved and tough individual. This could be because he is afraid of showing that he is a weak, soft, and sensitive leader of Umuofia.
A intoxicated and old member is appreciating everything Onkonkwo is doing in a feast in honor of Onkonkwo’s soon return. He specifically targets his speech towards younger people of the