Things Fall Apart Belonging Analysis

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Alienation & Belonging: Isolation and sense of belonging Everyone deals with alienation and belonging in the world we live in today that can relate to two books that I’ve read throughout Global Literature class. Those two books are “Silence” by Shusaku Endo and “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. The sense of alienation and belonging will focus on two characters; Rodriguez and Okonkwo who both face the feeling of being alone at times, while also having trouble with if they belong or not. The values and belief of these two individuals brings out the feeling of being alone at the end of the day with no one else on their side. While focusing on Okonkwo, the characteristics of him being a hero left him looking for a sense of belonging even with…show more content…
He felt like his father lacked traits of what a father should be like. Okonkwo didn’t want to be that of his father so he was hardcore with raising his children which throughout “Things Fall Apart” left him feeling alone. One example from the text is when Okonkwo is rough on his son after Nwoye overheard that Ikemefuna was to be “taken back to his village, he began to cry and Okonkwo beat him heavily” (Achebe 57). His flaw of being too hard on his son eventually pushed his son away from him in which left him alone. His son didn’t take after him and joined a different tribe that left Okonkwo dealing with having to find a sense of belonging within his tribe as Christianity was later developed into Okonkwos’ tribe. Another example in the book is when “Okonkwo confronted the head messenger, trembling with hate, unable to utter a word. The man was fearless and stood his ground, his four men lined up behind him. In a flash Okonkwo drew his machete. The messenger crouched to avoid the blow. It was useless. Okonkwo's machete descended twice and the man's head lay beside his uniformed body" (Achebe 204). This left Okonkwos’ tribes against him after they freed the other messengers letting them go. Once again, his flaws left him not knowing where he belonged because now Christianity took his tribe away from

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